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  • Author Neal Stephenson joins Magic Leap as Chief Futurist

    MixedRealities
    rolandlegrand
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Neal Stephenson is the author of Snow Crash, a book which helped me ‘get’ virtual worlds. Today he announces in a blog post that he agreed to become Chief Futurist of Magic Leap, which is a secretive company working on something which seems to get rid of keyboards and other clunky computer stuff in order to make things appear out of thin air. As Snow Crash was all about virtual reality and augmented reality (in 1992!), it seems to make sense to ask such a visionary author to become Futurist of this secretive company. Father of the "Metaverse" – & our…
  • Style Matters!

    Pooky Amsterdam's Blog
    Russell Boyd
    26 Nov 2013 | 9:30 am
    This year's Machinima-Expo 6 focused on intense discussions regarding the medium we love for game engine film making known as Machinima (that portmanteau describing cinema done on machine).There were many great presentations which I urge all to see, plus of course the fabulous films which reflect a depth and breadth of talent within our Independent film community, that does indeed make this the medium to watch.Within this context I was asked to contribute a piece on Style in Machinima, which I share here on my blog. This is the real life Pooky whom you will see appear...For some reason I…
  • Christmas Gifts

    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog
    gogo
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Take Our Poll The post Christmas Gifts appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Vicious dAlliez

    Koinup: Second Life Places
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vicious%20dAlliez/128/128/0
  • Club Penguin App - Now Available for Android!

    What's New
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Here it is folks,The moment all Android™ users have been waiting for...the Club Penguin app is now available to download from the Google Play™ store.You can download the app here – if you haven't already ;)Well, what're you waiting for?! The app is out and you're still reading this post?Well since you're here, how about leaving a comment letting us know what you think of the CP experience on Android?Waddle on!-Club Penguin TeamAndroid is a trademark of Google Inc.Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.
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    What's New

  • Club Penguin App - Now Available for Android!

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Here it is folks,The moment all Android™ users have been waiting for...the Club Penguin app is now available to download from the Google Play™ store.You can download the app here – if you haven't already ;)Well, what're you waiting for?! The app is out and you're still reading this post?Well since you're here, how about leaving a comment letting us know what you think of the CP experience on Android?Waddle on!-Club Penguin TeamAndroid is a trademark of Google Inc.Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.
  • Merry Walrus Party: Launch Meetup!

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    Hiya!The Merry Walrus Party is here! I’m sooooo excited! Join me online later today to celebrate the launch of Club Penguin’s new festive tradition and the return of Coins for Change!I’ll be on the server Walrus today, 18th December, at 4:15pm GMT (that’s 8:15am Penguin Standard Time), but to make it more fun, you have to guess which room! Here’s a clue:Hope to see you there!Byeee!-Club Penguin Team
  • Chatta's Holiday Disco!

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:06 pm
    G’Day Penguins,Here’s a festive joke for you all… What’s pink, green, red and waddles around??? CHATTABOX GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!That’s right flippered friends, it's that time of year again… I’ve sent off my wish list, put up the decorations and made a very large batch of egg-nog – ‘egg’cellent! Oh, and did I mention I will be holding a Holiday Disco in my iggy? Party time!Come dressed in your ultimate Holiday outfit and make sure to bring along your puffles! I will be decking out my iggy with festive trees, presents and, of course, an awesome light-up…
  • Daffo Doodles: Pirate Parade!

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Hiya!Your Pirate Parade pictures were practically perfect! There were loads to choose from, as always, but check these out:With our first ever Merry Walrus party coming up, the next theme just had to be Happy Holidays! Draw a festive scene and submit it to our Fan Art Page. Remember to include ‘Daffo Doodles’ in the file name!Byeee!-Club Penguin Team
  • VIDEO: "We Wish You A Merry Walrus" - Official Trailer

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Hi Penguins and Penguin Parents!You've seen part 1 and part 2 of the making of We Wish You a Merry Walrus, now it's time for the official trailer!<span itemprop="name" content=""We Wish You A Merry Walrus" - Official…
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • Hour of Code for the December 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    This Friday, December 12th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL). With this week being Computer Science Education Week (Dec 8-14), he will present an overview on the Hour of Code initiative, along with a how to on starting off with LSL scripting, and a chance to write some code yourself.  About the Hour of Code Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know it made…
  • Whole Brain Health for the December 5th NonProfit Commons Weekly Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This Friday, December 5th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Lynne Berrett (Lissena Wisdomseeker in SL) and Thuja Hynes, with a presentation on Inspiration Island and the Whole Brain Health Program  Whole Brain Health is a holistic lifestyle approach to lifelong well being based on current brain research drawn from a variety of relevant fields. Inspiration Island is designed both to teach its principles and provide opportunities to practice them regularly within the virtual sim environment. They do this through facilitated programs led by some twenty partners…
  • PY1 Presenting on World AIDS Day for the November 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    This Friday, November 21stTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), who will present on Protect Yourself1’s engagement with HIV/AIDS education in support of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the ongoing pandemic.  More than 35 million people now live with HIV/AIDS, 3.3 million of them are under the age of 15.  In 2012, an estimated 2.3 million people were…
  • Fall Festival Kickoff for the November 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Join us this Friday, November 14th, at TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life where we will kick off our Fall Festival weekend at our weekly meeting. We will have events all weekend with a harvest hunt and meet & greet of our NonProfit Commons offices and partners. Following the meeting, we will then have a tour of our new community Memorial Garden. Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, November 14th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am Introductions 8:40…
  • Open Forum for the November 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    This Friday, November 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to discuss upcoming events like the OpenSimulator Community Conference, along with our upcoming Nonprofit Commons Fall Festival. It will also be an opportunity to ask any burning tech or community questions you might have.  Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, November 7th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT read more
 
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    Terra Nova

  • Welcome Nick and Bill

    Ren Reynolds
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    All at TN would like to welcome Nick LaLone and Bill Bainbridge on board.  Many of you will already know Nick and William''s work, but for those of you who do not:    Nick is a currently PhD Student in the Information Science and Technology Program at Penn State University. His work centres on the intersection of play, design, literacy, and simulation. As he says "This is a fancy way of saying that I study communication between development teams during design, the impact of literacy and comprehension of virtual environments, and the loss of complexity as…
  • Naming games (Part 2): I don’t think it’s me

    Ren Reynolds
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
      “Instead of saying I’m going to be best Pro Gamer I’d like to say that, especially in the eyes of the fans, I’ll work hard to be a pro gamer that always gives his all. A gamer that really enjoys and embodies the spirit of competition” Lee ‘Jaedong’ Jae Dong, StarCraft II Player    “The difference between me and any other fighter is they’re talented, I’m God-gifted.”  Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Boxer     StarCraft, Race and Culture Race has two distinct meanings in StarCraft. There are three in-game races that can be played: Zerg,…
  • 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…
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    The Creative Shed

  • Shopping Channel Host Confident of Bringing Abbott To Account

    The Head Snark
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:26 pm
    The Abbott Government’s tumultuous 2014 looks set to continue, with a hardened TV personality determined to pull off the interview of the year. Gabe Newsome is a freelance presenter on a number of TV shopping channels. He lists his specialties as covering fitness equipment features presentation and kitchen food processor showcasing, but he’d determined to try something a little different before the year is out. Gabe Newsome: political interviewer on the rise? “I’d assumed that only political journos like Leigh Sales and Peter van Onselen got to do the hard-hitting…
  • The Family Christmas Newsletter Template

    The Gravedigger
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    It’s a tradition some people love, and even more people hate: the form letter enclosed in a Xmas card. If you’d been thinking of retaliating with your own letter, we’ve developed a template to help get you started. It’s even in Comic Sans to cause maximum grief to those receiving it. You can download a PDF version at the bottom of this post, but here’s what it looks like: Click here to download a PDF version. Feel free to post your versions in comments, we’d love to see them. The post The Family Christmas Newsletter Template appeared first on The Creative…
  • Does Triclosan Cause Tumours In Humans?

    David Holloway
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    You may have seen some media around some recent research that looked at the impact of high levels of Triclosan on mice. You can look at the study here. Thanks to the brilliant team at the Australian Science Media Centre (via the UK Science Media Centre), there’s some expert feedback on the study and its implications for humans:   Dr Oliver A.H. Jones, Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at RMIT University Melbourne, said: “The results of this study are certainly interesting but I do not think they are a cause for concern for human health. “Firstly the mice used in the study were…
  • New Dad Admits Sudden Passion for Long Walks

    The Head Snark
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    34 year-old Justin Marburg is a recent dad, with his fiancee Siobhan Lemaire giving birth to their first child Mia earlier in the year.Since that time Justin has discovered a latent interest in what he calls Elite Street Walking. “One afternoon I was sitting at home devoting myself to spending quality time with Mia, when I realised I could be doing something to set the family up for life.” Within 90 seconds, Justin had left the house, returning briefly to put some shoes on and then starting his first Elite Street Walk. “Before I knew it, I’d been walking around the…
  • Chicken Farmer

    David Holloway
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Farmer John once lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by, the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week. So Farmer John called the local police station to complain “You’ve got to do something about all these people driving so fast and killing all my chickens” he said to the local police officer. “What do you want me to do?” asked the policeman. “I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!” So the next day the…
 
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    WoW Insider

  • World of Warcraft in the new year

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Blizzard has just released a preview of some exciting new things we can expect from WoW in 2015. Let's get right down to the highlights: In patch 6.1, the legendary quest will be rewarding you with a legendary follower. They will be testing the ability to send tweets (with screenshots) from inside the game. Better flight paths, with more direct routing. New incentives to invite friends into your garrison with daily tasks (complete with rewards and achievements). New ways to spend Garrison Resources, new follower missions and rewards, new follower modification items, and a new tier of…
  • The WoW Insider Show Episode 370

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth. Want to have your question answered on the air? Email theshow@wowinsider.com! Get the podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the WoW Insider Show directly in iTunes. [RSS] Add the WoW Insider Show to your RSS aggregator. [MP3] Download the MP3 directly. Listen here on the page: Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider ShowThe WoW…
  • The Queue: Outland, demonic, transmog, and Ashran

    18 Dec 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. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today. Bugboy asked: Q4tQ: so in regard to Outland, has Bliz ever said what kind of future it's looking at, in terms of continuing to be able to remain whole, sort of, and sustain life? Or is it eventually looking at crumbling away slowly over time, requiring an eventual relocation of remaining life there? Alternatively...could it somehow be made whole, or at least stabilized, in some fashion?Continue reading The…
  • Around Azeroth: Stray cat blues

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    "So if you were smart enough to have chosen the Smuggler's Inn for your outpost in Spires of Arak, one of the things that you can buy from Honest Jim is a little toy that turns you into a growling, hissing, supposedly-civilized kitty cat, WoD-style," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "However, the toy doesn't exactly play nice in the litter box with the other toys, as I found out when I used it while having my Blazing Wings activated. So now I've got fire shooting out from my head and giving me a severe case of heartburn. Which is normal for a…
  • Breakfast Topic: What would you bring back?

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As expansions come and go, some features come into play, exist for a while and then are retired, or never actually make it live - reforging comes to mind as a big one, a feature that was of critical importance for two expansions before it was removed. While flight itself wasn't removed, it's of no utility in Draenor's 90 to 100 zones, and mechanics like hit and expertise, weapon skill, and others have been removed over time. Raiding has fundamentally changed repeatedly. Talent trees are almost unrecognizable from the old days. Several old dungeons and raids were removed or revamped, with…
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    Massively

  • EVE Online and DUST 514 celebrate the holiday season

    Eliot Lefebvre
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Filed under: Sci-Fi, EVE Online, Events (In-Game), News Items, Free-to-Play, Consoles, MMOFPS, DUST 514, Sandbox, Subscription The year is wrapping up and EVE Online players are getting presents to celebrate. CCP Games has posted a short recap of the past year and an announcement of the holiday gifts players can expect to receive as a paid subscriber. That includes snowballs, fireworks, jackets, and a set of trinkets to commemorate the past year. Players can also look forward to 20 free days of multiple character training as a final additional gift. All of these promotions are available until…
  • Allods Online grants players two weeks of a free sub

    Brianna Royce
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, Patches, News Items, Free-to-Play, Allods Online, Promotions, Subscription Allods Online is one of the few MMORPGs in existence that began free-to-play and added a subscription server well after its original launch. And as part of its winter holiday celebration, Allods is granting everyone the chance to play on that subscription server for two weeks -- entirely for free. From the 18th of December until the 1st of January, all Allods players - veterans and newcomers alike - will be granted two weeks of free subscription time for the premium server…
  • Camelot Unchained prepares to cross $3M in fundraising

    Justin Olivetti
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained, Subscription As of the writing of this post, Camelot Unchained is on the verge of hitting $3M in fundraising donations at $2,952,875. City State Entertainment said that when that already-impressive sum climbs to $3,025,000, the team will sign on a sound engineer to kick the game's audio up a notch. "Part of this goal will cover licensing the Audiokinetic Wwise engine and technical support for it, as well as some great plug-ins, while the rest will go toward the salary and expenses of the sound engineer," CSE posted. To help prompt…
  • Black Desert is officially in open beta... in Korea

    Brianna Royce
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Video, Classes, New Titles, Previews, News Items, Hands-On, Sandbox, Black Desert Still pinning hopes and dreams on Daum's breathtaking sandbox MMORPG Black Desert? If you're in South Korea, those hopes and dreams are a reality this week, as the game officially entered open beta in that region yesterday. Blogger Steparu has already posted one video from the event, a snapshot of progress on a mid-level Sorceress. We've included it below. If you're bilingual and already enjoying the game, we'd love to hear about it, as those of us in the West will be waiting until…
  • World of Warcraft proposes tradable subscription currency

    Justin Olivetti
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Filed under: World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Economy, Patches, Previews, Subscription Six-point-one. That's all you World of Warcraft players need to hear to get psyched for the new year. The dev team took a brief pause in rolling in all of the money from Warlords of Draenor sales to talk about what's coming up with Patch 6.1 as well as a proposed new subscription currency. The patch, which will go into testing soon, will contain improvements to garrisons, a legendary follower, the ability to send tweets from the game, the new Blood Elf models, shorter flight master routes, incentives for…
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Vanity picture [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Trying the latest Firestorm Viewer. slurl.com/secondlife/Io/219/113/26
  • At Thinkers [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: We sort of discussed how humans are really like. slurl.com/secondlife/Pennyroyal/160/118/220
  • Wintertime in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: By decree, it snows in Neufreistadt on December 1st. And it stays that way until spring arrives! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/157/14/133
  • Beach Party @ Artisans Park [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: It's been a while since I've been to one of those... slurl.com/secondlife/Purple/226/207/22
  • Impromptu chat in Colonia Nova [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Citizens and visitors just gather together for a nice cozy chat. slurl.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/159/82/27
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    Second Life

  • Winter in Second Life

    RDPixelShop
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    RDPixelShop posted a new topic: I hope you all get to visit the Mainland area that is always winter. Many of the Residents have spent time decorating the homes they have with lights, on the mainland. Come visit us and Ski on the Biggest mountain in the continent. Located in Voss is the Ski mountain. Lifts to top placed by the Lindens for all to enjoy. there is Skiing a lake frozen for skating many things to do here.
  • Reply to What's it hurt?

    RDPixelShop
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    RDPixelShop posted a reply: Yes is a way to let them know that somebody took time to take a look.
  • Presenting Vendors recommendation (what does this guy use?)

    nightwish200000
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    nightwish200000 posted a new topic: hello I use photoshop for cloth vendors but i wonder if i could improove it and thinking of buying a photostudio maybe? This guy would be an example for me. www.flickr.com/photos/truthhawks/15147221514/in/photostream/ Any Idea what kind of Tools or studio he uses that i could use?
  • Reply to What's it hurt?

    mslabelle mistwallow
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    mslabelle mistwallow posted a reply: Agreed
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    thepoeticdevice
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    thepoeticdevice posted a reply: Hello! I've been in SL for a while and enjoy flying aircrafts, making comics and virtual storytelling. Always looking to work with other photographers and open to new projects. You can heck some of my work at: thepoeticdevice.com and avatair.com
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    MixedRealities

  • Author Neal Stephenson joins Magic Leap as Chief Futurist

    rolandlegrand
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Neal Stephenson is the author of Snow Crash, a book which helped me ‘get’ virtual worlds. Today he announces in a blog post that he agreed to become Chief Futurist of Magic Leap, which is a secretive company working on something which seems to get rid of keyboards and other clunky computer stuff in order to make things appear out of thin air. As Snow Crash was all about virtual reality and augmented reality (in 1992!), it seems to make sense to ask such a visionary author to become Futurist of this secretive company. Father of the "Metaverse" – & our…
  • Mark Cuban and Howard Schultz invest in Virtuix Omni

    rolandlegrand
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    In my previous post I mentioned Virtuix, the company behind the virtual reality treadmill Omni. The founder is the Belgian Jan Goetgeluk. The Omni allows you to exercise and game at the same time, it’s exergaming. Have a look: In 2013 the project was launched on Kickstarter and 2.500 devices were ordered for $1.1 million. The company got two financing rounds for in total  almost $6 million, the latest was closed recently. My newspaper De Tijd learned (Dutch) that among the investors are investor Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of…
  • Oculus/Facebook wants to track your fingers and environment

    rolandlegrand
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    In case you still have any doubts: virtual reality is hot. News from the Digits blog (The Wall Street Journal) by Timothy Hay: Oculus/Facebook bought two start-ups: Nimble VR, which was formerly known as 3Gear Systems (San Francisco), they are specialized in skeletal hand-tracking using tiny cameras, and Swedish start-up 13th Lab which uses cameras making 3-D recreations of various physical environments. Here you see some magic from Nimble VR (video from the Kickstarter Campaign). Notice the Minecraft game and the school examples but of course there is much more in this: 13th Lab shows…
  • 500,000 Google Cardboards

    rolandlegrand
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    In June 2014 Google showed the world the Cardboard VR headset, today it has been announced 500,000 of those devices have been shipped. This is extraordinary, realizing the project was ‘just’ an experiment done by two engineers in the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, David Coz and Damien Henry, during the 20 percent time Google engineers get for personal projects. As explained in the previous post, cheap and mobile VR headsets could be crucial in turning virtual reality into something which is used by a mainstream audience. Especially students and learners could benefit (one can…
  • Smartphone-based VR headsets open up new possibilities for learning

    rolandlegrand
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Connectivism guru Stephen Downes is right to point out alternatives for Oculus Rift such as Google Cardboard. You can buy these things (which allow to convert smartphones into VR devices) from others or build it yourself. I never tried it out myself so I cannot compare with Oculus Rift, but I see the pedagogical advantages of building oneself a virtual headset. Downes refers to a blog post by Donald Clark: 7 learning principles that work in VR (one of those principles being “learning by doing”). In the meantime Samsung Gear VR is now officially available in the US, it launches…
 
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    Free*Style

  • UPDATED PHOTO CONTEST!

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    UPDATE: New vendors added!  It's been years since I have held a photo contest of any type so I am super, super excited!  What is this?  Well, we want we to transform your person free style into a Silly*Style for Free*Style.  What does this mean?  We want you to take pictures of you wearing/using/etc. items from the Silly Seven event.  We want to see your most fun, silly, creative, interesting pictures.  There are items at the event for every price point, even free things, so if you want to try the contest you don't have to worry about not having enough Ls to…
  • WINTER KAWAII

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:32 pm
    LOCATION: KITTENS HEAVENSome winter goodies for you guys!This very cute hair with earmuffs by Exxess is a xmas gift, just go to the store and get it. It came as a fat pack with two kind of huds, for normal hair and ombre hair.. very cute!The coat is a group gift form The Sugat button, the group is free to join and you can find several apst gifts there.For last but not least, a really pretty set of eyes by Insufferable Dastard, there is a fee to join, but well.. it worth it! Since Audrey Lamede send several pack of samples trough this group.Style CardSkin: VCO Skin _ betty by yamette…
  • POW!

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
      I just put together a silly, colorful look from the Silly Seven event and wanted to share with you guys this morning.  Enjoy!WORN:Dress: Fission @ Silly Seven, 77LMask: Naminoke @ Silly Seven, gacha item, 27L per trySlinky Necklace: BluPrintz @ Silly Seven, gacha item, 47L per tryHair: Little Bones, group gift in store, 100L join fee, previously bloggedPose: no longer availableSkin: Adore&Abhor, free
  • DMC ADVENT CALENDAR - GARDEN OF DREAMS BALLROOM SCENE

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The lovely Shayariel plurked about this awesome advent calendar I weren't aware of, the DMC one. Today's gift is this amazing Ballroom Scene by Garden of Dreams.It has 237 L.I, came with a rezzer, a mod version and the installer for those who already have the bubble's scene rezzer by GOD.It coasts 2000L so this is by far the most generous gift I saw in a advent calendar so far. Don't miss it!
  • Affordable Skin Roundup--December 2014

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    vv Skins from left to right:WoW Skins Paola Tan (Peace on Earth 7 Hunt item)Essences Lady Dyvine (free gift in store)Lumae Delphine Cranberry (Fabulously Free Christmas Tree gift)The Skinnery Leigh 3 Honey (75L per play at The Arcade Gacha event)--Leigh skin is worn with Leigh Lipgloss 5--the lipgloss pack is a rare gacha itemEssences Loulou Medium01 (70L at The Dressing Room Fusion)vvSkins from left to right:Sense Skin Nora (Womenstuff Hunt item)Glam Affair December Asia 01 (100L per play at The Arcade Gacha event)Glam Affair Arcade Gift Skin (The Arcade Gacha Christmas Tree gift)Lumae…
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    FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL

  • My Winter Fantasy

    Pru Rexroth
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    So as per usual this time of year, there are approximately 943,892 events going on, all with wonderful prizes and presents! Hehehe It’s really inspiring that so many designers get into the spirit of giving. Today I want to share with you a few items I came across that are part of the Winter Fantasy Hunt, and this cozy winter shrug that I discovered under the Christmas Tree at We <3 RP. The Winter Fantasy Hunt is a FREE hunt and as suggested by the title the items are winter themed with a touch of fantasy. I always love the skins from Pixy Stix. This frosty fantasy skin is gorgeous…
  • The Tour Of Lights!

    Love Trill
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    One part about the holiday season that I always enjoyed was the City of Christmas Lights Bus Tour that my Mom and I would go on each year.  It was always a heartwarming event to cozy up with a hot cocoa (extra marshmallows of course) and see people getting into the spirit with beautiful holiday decorating… sometimes overflowing with it, like Clark Griswald.  Anyways, when I saw news of The SL Tour of Lights, I thought it was a fun way for us to enjoy the holidays inworld too, so grab a friend and check out the tour!  You can find more info at http://freebirdsl.wordpress.com.  I…
  • Fab Free Designer of the Day – 12-18-2014 – ILLI

    Pru Rexroth
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    Pick up these warm cozy boots for FREE on the Midnight Mania Board at ILLI! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bazinga/216/17/22 **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.
  • Shamic wants to show off his Christmas spirit too!

    Calleja Fairey
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s been a little while since Shamic has shown anything to you, so I thought I’d let him model some goodies for you, and all by himself at that! There has already been quite a few posts about gifts from the MEGAStuff hunt going on, but most have been from the Women’s path. In case you didn’t know, there is also a Men’s path, and trust me, there are loads of great things for guys! I sent Shamic off on his own, and he went over to LRD, otherwise known as Linealrise Design and with help from the hint “At the men’s department there hang 2 SUPERPACK…
  • The Happy Holidays Event At The Wash Has Begun!

    Love Trill
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Enjoy the holiday season at The Wash Sim from December 17th (TODAY!) – December 31st during the Happy Holidays Event!  The streets of The Wash sim are packed with retail displays by talented designers from all across the grid offering items under 10L, and one featured item at 50L.  Here on FabFree, we will be providing coverage all throughout the duration – HAPPY SHOPPING! TAXI – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Wash/163/85/23
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Winter

    gogo
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Winter wonderland at my friend Wilma’s sim! I am wearing this awesome Misha Oversized Coat from The Secret Store. This coat includes a HUD to change textures on the sweater, the option show/hide the sweater and shirt, so it can easily be paired with other shirts. Do you dress to match the seasons in SL (which tends to follow the Northern Hemisphere)? If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere, is it Summer now? Does it make it hard to put on Winter clothing when it’s hot outside? Let me know in the comments! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin LeLutka – Sage Hair…
  • Christmas Gifts

    gogo
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Take Our Poll The post Christmas Gifts appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Snow White

    gogo
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The Winter Tales set of Headdress and Scarves from The Secret Store is wearable art!! I immediately fell in love with the prints and design, and can’t wait to wear all of them with future outfits. This Snow headdress includes a HUD to change hair color, or turn the hair off. I want to wear this headdress with other hairstyles, but didn’t find any that fits cos this is rigged and not adjustable. If you’ve found some styles without bangs or very flat bangs that fits, please let me know in the comments! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin The Secret Store – Winter…
  • Holiday

    gogo
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m decorating for the holidays in SL with items from The Arcade. I adore this Girl Soldier Outfit from BCC! My friend Caroline found this at a yard sale for me, and it’s definitely my favorite clothing item from this round The Arcade. The dress is a common item, so it should be easy to find at the yard sales! Did you get everything you wanted from The Arcade? Did you play the gacha machines, or mostly shopped the yard sales? Let me know in the comments! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Rowne – Freja BCC – My Lovely Prince (Girl Soldier Outfit) Erratic –…
  • City Lights

    gogo
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Happy 8th rez day to me! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I am so looking forward to Christmas and New Year. I love all the sparkly textures that I’ve seen from various designers in SL. I’m celebrating my rez day with the sparkly new City Lights dress from Foxes (for Uber). This dress includes a HUD to change the top and the jacket, so it’s really versatile and lovely. I wanted to wear it without the jacket, but the HUD didn’t have a “turn off” option and the dress didn’t come with it unattached, unfortunately! Are you guys looking forward to a…
 
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Shiki Clover Sofee

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
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  • Needing Point

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
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  • Vicious dAlliez

    7 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
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  • Between Rages

    6 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
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  • Castaway Isle

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
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    Hiperia3D News

  • EJ Olvido

    30 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Our new release at DAZ: EJ Olvido is a character for Genesis 2 Female, with highly detailed skin and makeups, vampire fangs, arms and body tattoos, fantasy and casual makeups, custom sculpted head, genitalia and fangs morphs, and many options to customize her appearance. You have 4 fantasy makeups in addition to the 7 natural makeups: Mystic Star, Black Mask, Priestess of Blood, Mistletoe Blessing. Each one of them can inspire a different story! Is she a magical creature, a Gothic princess, a priestess of a secret cult who traded her soul for her powers, or a warrior protecting the ancient…
  • It Girl Mix and Match Expressions for Belle 6

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    Our new product for our DAZ Store is a set of expressions for the new Belle 6 figure: It Girl Mix and Match Expressions for Belle 6 ItGirl is a pack of expressions organized in three folders (FullFace, UpperFace, and LowerFace) for Belle 6. You can apply a full face expression or just the upper or lower face, mix and match them and get a perfect expression for your theme or create  realistic animations. Although they were made especially for Belle 6, they also work on Genesis 2 Female(s), and figures based on her. They work on DAZ Studio and Poser (with dson) See images and get them…
  • Yeah Buddy Mix And Match Expressions for Brodie 6

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    Brodie 6 has been just released and this is our expression pack for him at our DAZ store: Yeah Buddy! Get the maximum expressivity for Brodie 6! A must have! Yeah Buddy is a pack of expressions organized in three folders (FullFace, UpperFace, and LowerFace) for Brodie 6. With them, you can apply an expression that moves all the face, or partial expressions that move only the upper or lower parts of the face. Although they were made especially for Brodie 6, they also work on Genesis 2 Male(s), and figures based on him. See images and get it here: Yeah Buddy Mix And Match Expressions for Brodie…
  • Loissandra Outfit

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Our new product for our DAZ store is: Loissandra Fantasy Outfit, a pack of a fantasykini, plus a tambourine, armbands for each arm, anklets for each foot, and also includes 10 poses with matching tambourine ribbons poses, and one utility pose to grab the tambourine to use with other poses. All the items include lots of morphs to move and adjust everything, hide poses and lots of materials to customize everything as you wish... Just all you need to achieve spectacular renders in lots of scenes! A must-have! See images and get it here: Loissandra Fantasy Outfit for Genesis 2 Female(s) - Jordi…
  • Rising Sun Beauty Mix And Match Expressions For Mei Lin 6

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Our new product for our store at DAZ: Rising Sun Beauty Mix And Match Expressions For Mei Lin 6 The delicate and mysterious beauty of the lands of the rising sun shines through these gorgeous expressions specially made for your most delightful characters. Rising Sun Beauty is a pack of expressions organized in three folders (FullFace, UpperFace, and LowerFace) for Mei Lin 6. With them, you can apply an expression that moves all the face, or partial expressions that move only the upper or lower parts of the face. See images and get them here: Rising Sun Beauty Mix And Match Expressions For Mei…
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Vanity picture [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Trying the latest Firestorm Viewer. slurl.com/secondlife/Io/219/113/26
  • At Thinkers [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: We sort of discussed how humans are really like. slurl.com/secondlife/Pennyroyal/160/118/220
  • Wintertime in Neufreistadt [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: By decree, it snows in Neufreistadt on December 1st. And it stays that way until spring arrives! slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/157/14/133
  • Beach Party @ Artisans Park [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: It's been a while since I've been to one of those... slurl.com/secondlife/Purple/226/207/22
  • Impromptu chat in Colonia Nova [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Citizens and visitors just gather together for a nice cozy chat. slurl.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/159/82/27
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    Pooky Amsterdam's Blog

  • At the Top of the Box

    Pooky Amsterdam
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    This is a great win for the virtual world crowd of which we are indeed a part - CarrieLynn presented the paper we have been working on to the 100th National Communications Association Conference and it was awarded a great honor This presentation was awarded one of the Top Paper Awards for the Communication of the Future Division.Virtual World television is the definition of The Living Screen and entertainment in real time we can participate in...It will not give away too much of what is in this paper to reveal that this is indeed one of the great new horizons to meet for the future of…
  • youthisme proves machinima is a great marketing tool!

    Russell Boyd
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    And while the title there is in lower case you can see these are Upper case Productions - Backed by the best team that ever hit the grid in FPS, I am beyond proud of the work we have done for this great encrypted messaging app. (Please download, it's free)The amazing Krypton Radio and Kal-El have done a fabulous interview and here we are: http://kryptonradio.com/2014/06/25/pooky-amsterdams-machinima-and-youthisme/Thank again to the team, especially Russell Boyd, robwag Soothsayer and Psylent Knight.
  • Style Matters!

    Russell Boyd
    26 Nov 2013 | 9:30 am
    This year's Machinima-Expo 6 focused on intense discussions regarding the medium we love for game engine film making known as Machinima (that portmanteau describing cinema done on machine).There were many great presentations which I urge all to see, plus of course the fabulous films which reflect a depth and breadth of talent within our Independent film community, that does indeed make this the medium to watch.Within this context I was asked to contribute a piece on Style in Machinima, which I share here on my blog. This is the real life Pooky whom you will see appear...For some reason I…
  • Flufee On Demand: Our "Bugs Bunny" for the Digital Age

    Russell Boyd
    25 Oct 2013 | 9:40 am
    Flufee is a character brought to life through the efforts of Bernhard Drax and myself which illustrates in the best way possible how profound a medium this game engine virtual reality is that we work on. Flufee has a virtual identity and presence that is strongly connected to his core brand > Adorableness. He could be a Bugs Bunny for the Digital age, all wisecrack and charm.In this post he talks (Drax & I gave him full perms on this one) about what The Producers' life is like and some worthwhile reflections as always emanate from his flufeeness. Or His Flufeeness as I am always put on…
  • The Origins of VWTV

    Pooky Amsterdam
    17 Aug 2013 | 8:31 am
    This movement started in the last century in the 1990's. Prompted by the Home Shopping Network of all things...(Hey I understand that connection, I was just talking to a friend about "Skypey Sales") I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Steven Benford about his past work in this field.Truly an insightful and awe inspiring piece. Can someone get me Barry Diller on the phone?Steve Benford and Inhabited TV: The beginnings of VWTV
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Hypergrid users surpass those on closed grids

    Maria Korolov
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The total land area of OpenSim’s public grids reached a new high this month, with the equivalent of 54,867 standard-sized regions, an increase of 744 regions compared to the same time last month. OpenSim also gained 6,492 new...
  • Ultrasound may prove key to virtual touch

    Maria Korolov
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    So you’re walking along on your virtual treadmill, wearing your virtual reality goggles, and you come to a door. You stretch out your hand to push it open and feel … nothing. Because there’s...
  • How self-hosting compares to paid hosting — I was surprised

    Maria Korolov
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    In this week’s OpenSim Hosting Providers survey, in addition to a list of commercial hosting providers, there was also an option to say that you hosted your grid yourself. I expected the commercial providers...
  • AviWorlds turns off hypergrid — again

    Maria Korolov
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    AviWorlds, a commercial social grid with a history of experimenting with business models, is putting a stop to its latest experiment with the hypergrid. This is the fourth time, by our count, that AviWorlds...
  • Content tops user wish list

    Maria Korolov
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    What do OpenSim users want for most of all? Content. According to this year’s OpenSim  Hosting Survey, 58 percent of respondents most wanted an online marketplace, and 56 percent wanted a bigger selection of...
 
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    David Sharp-Bell

  • Live Concerts in Virtual Reality Come Alive With Jack White and Google

    Scott Peters
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Taking full advantage of the recent advances in positional audio recording and playback, Virtual Reality is making its move into the music industry with help from amazing musician and former technology naysayer Jack White and his record label Third Man Records. THIRD-D, the app created by Jaunt  in collaboration with Jack White and Google, allows the user to be onstage with Jack and his band during live performances of his songs “Freedom at 21” and “Ball and Biscuit”, and of his classic track “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”. Recorded at venues The Bleacher Theater at Fenway…
  • Oculus Acquires Exciting Virtual Reality Innovators ‘Nimble VR’ and ‘13th Lab’

    Scott Peters
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Recently some new additions to the Oculus team are showing real promise in a comprehensive consumer release of the next Oculus Rift headset. The already impressive hardware will now have the added developmental expertise of innovative companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab. Here’s a rundown of what they are bringing to the table. Founded in 2012, Nimble VR is the de facto industry leader in low-latency skeletal hand tracking software which they have developed for every depth sensing camera on the market. Aside from the obvious built-in support base of the Nimble VR product line, the software…
  • Virtual Reality Movies @ Sundance Film Festival

    Scott Peters
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    While Virtual Reality supported movies are still fairly new territory, we have seen some fun early efforts such as the Oculus version of horror film Banshee Chapter which we did a piece on a few weeks ago.  Now we are starting to see major interest from the film industry with a slew of new VR offerings coming up as part of the New Frontier program at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.   As Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Shari Frilot states (cnn.com) : “I’ve never really seen anything like this where a new technology is so muscularly poised to hit the…
  • The Virtual Reality Awards 2014 Winners

    Scott Peters
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This year’s Virtual Reality Awards took place late last month, and as evidenced by the 31 minute highlight video, wow what a year it has been ! This was the first year the awards were actually broadcast in VR !   Read on for the full list of finalists and winners:   Finalists for Best Non Game Application: Titans of Space Riftmax VRChat ( WINNER ) Janus VR   Finalists for Most Immersive VR Experience: Senza Peso Minecrift Sightline: The Chair ( WINNER ) Technolust   Finalists for  Best VR Game: Time Rifters ( WINNER ) Elite: Dangerous Vanguard V Alien: Isolation…
  • How Does Virtual Reality Affect the Brain’s ‘GPS’ ?

    Scott Peters
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Using information about the built-in positioning system of the brain that earned them a Nobel Peace Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year, scientists are using tiny, fully immersive IMAX type theatres to test the whether or not VR activates the mental map the way a real environment does. The original findings were that the brain has two types of positioning cells, referred to as “place cells” and “grid cells”. In simple terms the “place cells” tell the brain “you are currently here in relation to other locations”, while the “grid cells” are a mental map to get from the…
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