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  • Patchwork Cute

    Second Life Fashion Addict
    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…
  • The Drax Files Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

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    Linden Lab
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    “Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy. Sandra and her Virtual Health Adventures project are the subject of the latest episode of The Drax Files: World Makers. She’s studying the use of Second Life both as a tool to help amputees and as a way for occupational therapy students (and anyone, really) to experience a body image with a prosthetic and empathize more closely with amputees. While the…
  • Operators Accelerating Pace with NFV and SDN

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    Ian A. Hood
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Save Money Here and Now When was the last time you won the lottery?  If you are like me, it’s [...]
  • 3D Leadership Training for the August 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life
    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This Friday, August 29thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Bruce Gross and a presentation on 3D Leadership Training in virtual environments and the proof of concept pilot project which was completed in July, 2014.  About Bruce Gross Bruce is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Words. Over the past 3 years he has been working on using 3D Environments, and has completed a successful proof of concept pilot test with 12 Teammates.   Prior to the pilot, Bruce had begun incorporating the 3D environments into his webinar…
  • Use of the Virtual Environment for Learning: Upcoming Presentation

    The Creative Shed
    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…
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  • The Drax Files Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

    Linden Lab
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    “Second Life is the perfect place for amputees to overcome emotional trauma by sharing stories and realizing they are not alone!” says Sandra L. Winkler, assistant professor at NOVA University in Florida, teaching occupational therapy. Sandra and her Virtual Health Adventures project are the subject of the latest episode of The Drax Files: World Makers. She’s studying the use of Second Life both as a tool to help amputees and as a way for occupational therapy students (and anyone, really) to experience a body image with a prosthetic and empathize more closely with amputees. While the…
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/27/2014

    Linden Lab
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    What are your plans now that summer is winding down? Taking in the pumpkin spiced smell of everything as Fall beckons? Why not spend some time enjoying all the seasons that Second Life has to offer? Without further ado, come see some of the exciting new locations in the Second Life Destination Guide Start by purifying yourself at a soothing cathedral, before diving into a dark and gloomy haunted carnival. Peruse a sunny auto show or make a splash at an enormous waterslide. If you meet anyone along the way, or just want to relax after all the sightseeing, drop in at an exclusively romantic…
  • Reminder: New Skill Gaming Policy in Effect September 1, 2014

    Linden Lab
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last month, we announced a change to our policy on skill games in Second Life. The new Skill Gaming Policy establishes that skill games offering Linden Dollar payouts will be allowed in Second Life, but each game, its creator, its operator, and the region on which it is operated must be approved by Linden Lab. You can read more about the details of the policy in the FAQs From the many applicants, we have since approved a number of Operators, Creators, and Skill Games, and the first Skill Gaming Regions will soon be appearing inworld (and in the Destination Guide). You can find the current…
  • Avant Garden - A Mixed Reality Performance In Second Life

    Linden Lab
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    For those who were unable to attend the live performance of DanCoyote Antonelli’s Avant Garden in San Francisco last week, there’s a chance to catch the live inworld performance, but it’s limited! Please join DC Spensley (DanCoyote) and the ZEROG SkyDancer at one of only two performances of the show in Second Life. If you’re interested in attending, contact Dancoyote Antonelli inworld to request an invitation.
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 8/22/2014

    Linden Lab
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    It’s time for another installment of Second Life Destination Guide Highlights. This week we have Edo era Japanese role-playing, a rough and rugged Western-themed shopping event, a scenic outdoor live music venue, a dystopian city ripe with dark corners to explore, an art installation, and a theatrical performance of Milton’s classic Paradise Lost Peruse the adventures we’ve pulled together this week, and share your experiences on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If there are some other great places you stumble upon that you don’t see in the Destination Guide, drop us your…
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • 3D Leadership Training for the August 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    This Friday, August 29thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Bruce Gross and a presentation on 3D Leadership Training in virtual environments and the proof of concept pilot project which was completed in July, 2014.  About Bruce Gross Bruce is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Words. Over the past 3 years he has been working on using 3D Environments, and has completed a successful proof of concept pilot test with 12 Teammates.   Prior to the pilot, Bruce had begun incorporating the 3D environments into his webinar…
  • Collaborating with the Greater Virtual Community for the August 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    This Friday, August 22ndTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on how nonprofits can collaborate with other nonprofits, creators, business owners, and social groups within Second Life such as sororities, clubs, sports themed leagues and others for fundraising, community building and raising awareness of your cause. About our featured presenter, Audacious Bade has been in Second Life since July of 2007. She is a veteran user and prominent designer in Second Life of both women's and men's apparel through her store BADE Fashion. Audacious is a self taught artist who…
  • Presenter Recaps from the 2014 NMC Summer Conference for the August 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    This Friday, August 15thTechSoup'sNonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature RenneEmiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL) and Mary Stokrocki (Marylou Goldrosen in SL), who will share their experiences from the 2014 New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conference in Portland OR. Both presented at the NMC Idea Lab on their continuing research of teaching in Second Life, the power of avatars, and encouraging artful expression. Renne presented “Authentic Avatar – Your Virtual Identity and Integrity”, an interactive session on how your avatar is a visual and visceral representation of…
  • Discussion with Media Maker Berhard Drax for the August 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    This Friday, August 8th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion with media maker Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL) who will update us on his latest projects including The Drax Files Radio hour [with jo yardley] podcast, and the machinima series The Drax Files: World Makers, that focuses on people who are creative in virtual worlds. About Berhard Drax  Bernhard Drax aka Draxtor Despres creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media…
  • Community Followup Discussion for the August 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    This Friday, August 1st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a followup discussion after last week's prevention by Linden Lab's CEO, Ebbe Altberg. Come share your thoughts, ideas and takeaways from our community discussion with Ebbe. If you did not attend last week's meeting, you can read the transcript, and view other archive content at: http://nonprofitcommons.org/content/video-and-trancript-july-25th-community-discussion-ebbe-linden   Join us in Second Life!  read more
 
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    The Creative Shed

  • 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…
  • The City 2 Surf Run Summarised In 14 Simple Points

    David Holloway
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    (A guest post from Wendy Symons – thanks Wendy!) Ok so I have been asked a lot of questions about the City2Surf for beginners. Here is my spin on it. 1. It’s a bloody long way. 2. There are a lot of people. 3. There are a lot of stupid people. 4. Heartbreak hill is not a hill, it is actually a mountain that is 1.6 kilometres long. Anyone that tells you differently is lying. 5. There are people that sit about 1kilometre up the mountain and tell you that you are at the top. They are also lying and they should be punished or stabbed with a fork. 6. There are people who sit outside…
  • A Lesson For Life

    David Holloway
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    An old prospector shuffled into the town of El Indio, Texas leading an old tired mule. The old man headed straight for the only saloon in town, to clear his parched throat. He walked up to the saloon and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, “Hey old man, have you ever danced?” The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I…
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    WoW Insider

  • The Queue: Failure in an option

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 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. I'm so glad that I was able to come back from the holiday weekend with a Queue that wasn't filled with everyone's best brat and hamburger stories. Revnah asked: What if we failed? Wild speculation encouraged. What if we fail to stop the Iron Horde? What would it be like to have an Orcish Horde invading which does have their senses together and isn't tainted by demon blood? What if we had failed to stop…
  • The WoW Insider Show Episode 359

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 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! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Monday at 8:00 p.m. PDT! 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…
  • Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Wrapping things up

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Having been in the beta since the beginning, I've seen a lot of things," writes submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "One thing that strikes me is the amount of detail given to this new world. This is a case in point. I was out wandering around, having done everything I could do in Shadowmoon at level 93. The road through Talador took me past these two hippos, excuse me, riverbeasts. There was a fishing pool near them so I stopped to fish. While fishing, I took some time to watch what had been programmed in front of me. These hippos were splashing each other. I have to…
  • Live from Azeroth, it's the WoW Insider Show

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here. Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by! Filed under: WoW Insider ShowLive from Azeroth, it's the WoW Insider Show originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our…
  • Last Week on Massively: PAX Prime 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post. This week, Massively's Justin Olivetti braved the halls of PAX Prime and wrote all the things. Here's what he's tackled so far! PAX Prime 2014: ArcheAge is a go for launch! PAX Prime 2014: The mystery behind WildStar's Nexus PAX Prime 2014: Landmark…
 
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  • Star Trek Online announces more Voyager cast members in Delta Rising

    Eliot Lefebvre
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: Sci-Fi, Expansions, News Items, Star Trek Online, Free-to-Play, Subscription When you're out exploring the Delta Quadrant, you want people around you who have been there before. It's a big, unfriendly place, after all. Star Trek Online players will have a bit more help than they had previously expected, though. In addition to Tim Russ (Tuvok) and Garret Wang (Harry Kim) reprising their roles from Star Trek: Voyager, Ethan Phillips (Neelix), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), and Robert Picardo (The Doctor) will be making appearances in the game. No details on these appearances have yet…
  • Final Fantasy XI previews Incursion battles, September version update

    Eliot Lefebvre
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Filed under: Fantasy, Final Fantasy XI, Game Mechanics, Patches, Previews, News Items, Consoles, Subscription Ready to strike against the heart of the Velkk kingdom in Final Fantasy XI? The new Incursion system will allow players to do just that, rewarding combatants with experience points, capacity points, and of course, plenty of loot. The dungeon can also scale its difficulty upward, posing an ever-greater challenge for larger groups and more experienced players alike. All players need are Velkk Fetishes looted from Marjami Ravine, with a minimum of six people allowed in; monster HP will…
  • Flameseeker Chronicles: What's next for Guild Wars 2?

    Anatoli Ingram
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Filed under: Fantasy, Culture, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Flameseeker Chronicles, Buy-to-Play Happy second anniversary, Guild Wars 2! We've heard news on the September feature pack, did a cupcake run for ArenaNet to celebrate (I heard that there were bacon cupcakes, but why would you do that), and got some previews of the profession balance changes we can expect to see soon. As happy as I am about that cleave on Necromancer's mainhand dagger, updated axe animations, and being able to resurrect others while in Death Shroud -- and I think the other professions got some stuff, too -- it's been a…
  • LEGO Minifigures Online rolls out a mythological update

    Eliot Lefebvre
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Filed under: Betas, Patches, News Items, Free-to-Play, Mobile, Kids, Family With a month or so to go before LEGO Minifigures Online fully launches, the game has brought forth its biggest update yet. So what does it contain? Nothing less than the new Mythology World, which also brings an increase in the level cap to 25 along with its new areas and monsters. The area also continues the main story if that's more of your thing. Aside from the new area, the Series 11 minifigures have been added to the game, along with the first batch of cash shop figures that includes the Yeti, the Mountain…
  • Previewing LotRO's Dead Marshes patch on the test server

    Eliot Lefebvre
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Filed under: Fantasy, Video, Lord of the Rings Online, Patches, Previews, News Items, Free-to-Play, Subscription The next major update for Lord of the Rings Online is up on the test server now. If you want to explore Update 14.2, you can. But what if you aren't in the mood for going through the process of a beta install just to wander around in the new area? Wouldn't it be easier if you could just get a quick look at the zone without having to roam about yourself? Good news, then, as a new video from LOTRO Players highlights the Dead Marshes and what players can expect in the new zone. The…
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    Second Life

  • Reply to A new FAQ and some small changes for this group

    ShoshanaEpsilon
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    ShoshanaEpsilon posted a reply: Please remember,blatant BDSM and sexual acts, even with clothes are, will not be allowed. Pretty much, it has to be SAFE FOR WORK.
  • Reply to Fix eyes so they don't move

    Tanisha Tempest
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Tanisha Tempest posted a reply: I use anypose from marketplace, I think it was free. I has a eye fixed area so you can have your eyes staring ahead or to the side.
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    Janet Waverider
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Janet Waverider posted a reply: Hello everyone, my name is Janet. I've been in SL over five years now. I am a dancer, entertainer, model, actress, explorer. I love seeing different places in SL and taking pictures of the places I visit. xxx :-))
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    ShoshanaEpsilon
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    ShoshanaEpsilon posted a reply: Fashion Blogs & Advertising: www.flickr.com/groups/2489849@N23/ www.flickr.com/groups/slbloggersupport/ www.flickr.com/groups/sl_fashion_blogger_men/ www.flickr.com/groups/1229005@N23/
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    mareea_farrasco
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    mareea_farrasco posted a reply: Hi everybody ! Glad to be here with you:) xxx
 
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    MixedRealities

  • 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…
  • Learn Literature, New Media, Creative Programming

    rolandlegrand
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    I look forward to this course on Coursera focused on Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings Online, exploring what happens to stories and films when they become online games. Jay Clayton of the Vanderbilt University will teach about narrative theory, media studies and video games (history and theory). Also included are some ‘landmarks of romance literature’. The course starts on July 14 and runs till September 1. Another course on Coursera which may interest those interested in video games is Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps. Teachers are Mick Grierson, Marco…
  • Second Life 2.0 will be interesting, but no breakthrough for the multiverse

    rolandlegrand
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:29 am
    Quite some excitement among virtual worlds fans: Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, confirmed that they work on a new virtual world. They won’t let themselves be restrained by concerns about backward compatibility with the eleven year old Second Life as they want a fundamentally better virtual world and not just incremental improvements. CEO Ebbe Altberg of Linden Lab said that the ‘old’ Second Life will continue and new developers are being recruited for the new project. In the meantime, the founder of the Lab, Philip Rosedale, is working on yet another new virtual…
  • Inventing a New University

    rolandlegrand
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of the courses I really enjoyed these last few months was History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education, by professor Cathy N. Davidson (Duke University) on the Coursera platform. The final assignment was the invention of a new institution of higher education. This was my answer, and yes, I did mention virtual environments… I called the thing Peeragogy University, named after a project facilitated by Howard Rheingold, peeragogy.org. ………… It’s a pleasure and an honor to present our Peeragogy University. We firmly believe that we live in an epoch of…
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    Botgirl's Digital Playground

  • Writing the Micro-Sitcom

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    It's been interesting trying to sustain Life with Jess over the course of ten episodes. The simplicity of the Plotagon platform makes it easy to turn dialogue into animated scenes. But the limitations are challenging. Only two characters can appear at a time. There are very few animated actions available, and no ability to move the characters around a scene, other than jump-cutting to a small number of preset locations.The main puzzle has been figuring out how to bring in plot points that can't be visualized. The solution so far has been exposition, which is not ideal, but has proven to…
  • Art, Ego and Social Sharing

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    My name is Botgirl Questi and I'm a compulsive social sharer. (Hi, Botgirl!) Over the past six years I've posted 15,000 tweets, 2000 blog posts, 250 videos and 3000 images on Flickr. Not to mention Facebook, Plurk, Tumblr, etc. And do you know how much money I've made from all this effort? Zero. So why do I keep doing it?It's complicated. Or if not complicated, at least complex: A twisted web of reasons tangled so tightly that it's hard to discern between art and ego, creativity and compulsion. In any case, I'm happier when I'm doing it than when I'm not. Happier creatively lubricated than…
  • Pseudonymous Interactions: One Twitter Conversation with Three Animations

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    I had a great conversation on Twitter yesterday with Strawberry Singh. I thought it would be fun to use Plotagon to animate it. Since neither Strawberry nor I have avatars on Plotagon, I decided to use the main protagonist in my Life with Jess series. After viewing it, I got the idea of using the same script with different characters to see how it would impact perception of the dialogue. Given the pseudonymity of virtual experience, what do you think after watching the depictions. Does the actual gender, age, nationality, etc. of the person you're chatting with make a difference to you? One…
  • The Hidden Message of the Fourth Wall

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I'm still awed by the ability of a fictional character to come to life in my mind. A character like Jessie seems to speak for herself, often with ideas that surprise me, the alleged author. So when the fourth wall breaks in this video, it's not about bringing the viewers' attention to the fact that they're watching a fictional character. It's about me acknowledging the fact that the character actually does have a mind of her own, camping out somewhere in my brain. Our sense of an atomic self is its own type of fiction. And fiction is its own type of reality.
  • Red Christmas: A Horror Story

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    I'm still playing around with Plotagon. This video is based on a 100 Word Story originally written for Crap's podcast. I added human voice acting to replace the automated text-to-voice in the raw Plotagon video, along with extra sound effects, a new music track and some video effects.
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    Second Life Fashion Addict

  • 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…
  • COLLABOR88 - The Fates: Atropos

    Ketsy
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This month marks the three year anniversary of COLLABOR88, and it is a shopping experience of truly epic proportions. The theme is Odyssey, and it is entirely evocative of Greek and Roman Pantheon Gods and Goddesses. I opted to evoke the three Fates, or Moirae, with three looks to match the three Goddesses.Considered the cruelest of the three Fates, Atropos wielded the scissors that cut the string of life spun and measured by the other two Moirae. This final cut was the decisive time of death, ending the life of the mortal.  I choose to think…
 
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    Free*Style

  • Elixir of Clown Hunt at B@re Rose Store

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Bare Rose is having another of their story hunts, this time it's called The Elixir of Clown. Touch the hunt sign at the landing point for instructions. It takes a while but is a lot of fun and the sim is amazing to look around. It's not as hard as it may seem and there are only 4 Chapters of the story and that's 4 hunt prizes to find to put together the complete outfit.Versions included for Females, Lolas Tango, Wowmeh Mesh Body, Males, Petites and Titan avatars.TP to B@re Rose Hunt Starting Point
  • Cupcake almost ending, you should hurry up!

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Cupcakes Anonymous Hunt (CAH) ends tomorrow and you should grab those amazing items while you can! 5L each, you can see them all and all hints here .You should also take a look at Free*Style Shop, there are a bunch of new bargains there.Style CardSkin: !Imabee: Florentien - Scarlet, includes slink appliers by Brendon Papp (non free but a bargain)Eyes: .ID. Natural v2 Deep / Mesh Eyes / Seaweed / by Audrey Lamede (non free but a past group gift, a fee to join but worth it)Eyelashes: ::BB:: Mesh Lashes V.01 (minimalist black) by suetabulous Yootz (non free)Hair:…
  • Jazz Hands

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    vvSkin--Belleza Lily v2 Pale 0 (100L at the retirement sale)Hair--Analog Dog / .b Tangent (75L color packs in sale area)Eyes--IKON Vanity MoorEyelashes--Beetlebones StarstruckLipstick--Mynerva Milena M2 Lip LNecklace--Maxi Gossamer Jazz Hands Frog (50L gacha)Bracelet--Loordes of London The Serville War-#4 (Splash of Color Hunt item, see closeup below)Dress--Loordes of London The Thasos Antiquity-#5 (Enmeshed into Fall 2 Hunt item)Mesh hands--SLink Splayed (worn with Belleza skin appliers)Pose--Ploom Regal   vvBracelets--Loordes of LondonRow 1 left to right:--Gilgamesh Undone-#3…
  • Rainbow Princess

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    EDIT: I fixed the missing stuff from the credits, read on!  Hi all!  I have been really into dark and spooky things lately so I went to do a dark and spooky post and ended up...well...a rainbow pastel princess.  LOL.  That's the way it goes.  I feel super adorable and my av makes me super happy so that's awesome.  And some of the look is free so even better!  Check out the details below for links and all that good stuff.  Ciao!WORN:Crown: Buttery Toast, lucky board prize, color change on different parts of itSkin: Mother Goose's, 1L (the skin has…
  • Big Boobie Babes

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Big Boobie Babes, for those that are unaware, is an inworld group designed specifically for all things breast enhancement related. Many stores set out group gifts at their mainstore locations for the Big Boobie Babes to come and collect.  There is also a Big Boobie Babes HQ where designers can purchase a board and put up a freebie so you don't have to go grid hopping, you can just pick it all up in one location.  I went to the HQ last night and grabbed a bunch of the items that were up.  I'm not sure how long these gifts have been up, or how long they intend to stay up, so I…
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    The Metaverse Journal - virtual worlds news

  • 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…
  • 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium in Second Life

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

  • FabFree Photo Challenge #13 ~ Purrfect Pets!

    Tiana Omizu
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    ** Last day to submit photos – September 30th, 2014 ** With a new month, comes a new FabFree Photo Challenge! This month we are celebrating our pets in Second Life! There has been an explosion of pets in Second life over the last few years, from breedable horses, dogs, cats and even chickens to the popular and adorable wearable pets you can find in gachas! So we thought it would be fun to have a photo challenge dedicated to our animal friends in Second Life! As of September, our photo challenges are kindly being sponsored by our generous FabFree Designers! When the winner is chosen at the…
  • FabFree Photo Challenge #12 Winner ~ ChanelleN

    Tiana Omizu
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Congratulations to the winner of Augusts’s FabFree Photo Challenge – “FabFree Luau!” ~ ChanelleN ~ This round had an amazing selection of pictures to choose from which really made it difficult! Thank you so much to everyone who submitted photographs to the FabFree Challenge Flickr Pool! Your participation is appreciated! Stay tuned to find out what the challenge theme will be for September and an announcement about some exciting changes to the Photo Challenge that are being planned!
  • The World Is Your Oyster

    Tiana Omizu
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Its The Arcade Gacha time again! Wooo! Its a task and a half to get into it or the Arcade Gacha Galley which is the alternative shopping area for the Arcade where you can scan your camera in to play the camera, but it sure is worth it! There are so many great things in this round I almost fainted. One thing you can always count on at this event is that if you love interior design then you are going to find a treasure trove of amazing furniture and knick knacks to decorate your home. One of my hobbies is changing the decor of my home on a regular basis. I thought I would take a break away from…
  • Fab Free Designer of the Day 09/01/2014 – Ashbury

    Pru Rexroth
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
      Pick up these sweet gifts for FREE at Ashbury! Just wear your Ashbury group tag, the group is FREE to join! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portland%20Maine/136/178/12 **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.  
  • Here They Are! September Hunts!

    Xia Nishi
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Today is Labor Day in the United States which means that summer is unofficially over, and “fall” is starting with a bang. Take a look at all these brand new hunts! Renaissance, avatars, horror, 80’s… there is a hunt theme for everyone. So grab a friend and some snacks. It’s time to go hunting! Just tap the hunt names for more information on each one. Enjoy! Grid Wide Hunts 80s Kicks Sep 1 – Sep 30 Back to the Books Hunt Sep 1 – Sep 30 Better Body Hunt! Sep 1 – Sep 30 Enhance My Avatar! Sep 1 – Sep 30 Fur in Fantasy Hunt Sep 1 – Sep 30 Green Mire II Sep…
 
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Willkommen zu den Biergarten

    gogo
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Prost, Second Life! Willkommen zu den Biergarten, Ich heisse Gogo, eure wunderschön Gastgeberin. I had my heart set on this Oktoberfest set from Erratic for The Arcade, especially the Barvarian Dirndl. The dress is awesome, however the included socks did not come with an applier for the SLink Physique body, only the SLink’s foot. I do hope there’s an upgrade, although unlikely, since it’s gacha, how would the creator know who to send updates to? Still, I would love to have been able to wear the socks! My beautiful Day The World Went Away hair is from Exile, for…
  • Sweet Misery

    gogo
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    ♫ I was cryin’ when I met you Now I’m tryin’ to forget you Love is sweet misery ♪ See the full outfit on my Flickr, I don’t want to post several similar images on this post. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin LeLutka – Hall (Marilyn) Fishy Strawberry – Denim and Lace Dress (S) Dark Blue L.Warwick – Miranda (High Platform Wedge) Pearl The post Sweet Misery appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Why Color Trends Matter

    Sehra Kauffman
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Color choice is incredibly important. The right colored item can draw shopper’s eyes from across the room. It can make a person go from merely considering a purchase to pulling the trigger on the transaction. A shop can make the most beautiful mesh on the grid, but if the color selection isn’t on point, shoppers can overlook it. Every season experts from the Pantone Institute, whose expertise crosses an incredible breadth of fields, decide what the Pantone Color Forecast will be. This palette informs designers, from fashion to interiors to graphics, on what colors everyone will be…
  • Smile

    gogo
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Practicing my Miss America smile. Smiling in SL is challenging, and the default emotes are so limited, and so dated. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Grande 2 w/ Bangs Katat0nik – Working Girl Dress (Blush) LaGyo – Mescal Earrings (Gold) GLOW – Gacha Bag Kitten The post Smile appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Sunday

    gogo
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    How I wake up on the weekends. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Eater’s Coma – Hair 39 (Purple) Teefy – Clara Scallop Bikini Top (S) White The post Sunday appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Sinuiju

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sinuiju/128/128/0
  • Ippos

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ippos/128/128/0
  • Community

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Community/128/128/0
  • Gold Hollow

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gold%20Hollow/128/128/0
  • Mallorca

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mallorca/128/128/0
 
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    Hiperia3D News

  • 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
  • EJ Xana

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Our new girl EJ Xana has been released! She is for Genesis 2 Female, and works both in DAZ Studio and Poser (with dson). She has lots of makeup options, and can be any beautiful character you imagine, and also has the plus of having a green elf option with tribal tatoos and skin glitter, and sclera options (green/natural). She is 30% off, and if you buy her, you get 40% in the same order for other products of our store at DAZ. Don't miss her! See more images and get her here: EJ Xana for Genesis 2 Female for Poser and DAZ Studio - Jordi R. Cardona www.hiperia3d.com
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    Designing Digitally, Inc.

  • Designing Software for Learners with Diverse Backgrounds

    masonm.designingdigitally
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    In the world of software design and E-Learning, getting to know your end-users is critically important for a variety of reasons. Take an average mid-level business, for example- there will be employees that encompass various age groups, professional backgrounds, reading levels, computer proficiency levels, and dozens of other demographics that will define how each user learns. While it is certainly a challenge to cater to all of these audiences at once, there is a number of ways to accomplish this task. How Do Learners Really Learn? To compound those problems even further, there is no…
  • Best Practices for Implementing Gamification in the Workplace

    masonm.designingdigitally
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Incorporating gamification into your organization’s learning experiences can be a great way to increase learner engagement. To receive the full benefits of gamification, you’ll want to be sure the gaming elements are used in a way that supports your end goal and objective. With proper execution and design, your learning goals are far more achievable. Take a look at some factors to consider when implementing gamification in your training: Be sure to customize Every organization is different, so the gaming elements you use should mirror your workplace culture, mission, audience, and…
  • Designing Digitally, Inc. Partners With the U.S Legislative Branch to Develop Gamification Learning Experiences

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    FRANKLIN, OH- Aug 15, 2014 - Designing Digitally, Inc., a full service, interactive E-Learning development company, has been selected by the United States Legislative Branch to develop innovative online training using gamification and serious games. "We are very excited and look forward to building a long lasting partnership and educating, engaging and entertaining the staff of our United States Government Legislative branch," says Andrew Hughes, President of Designing Digitally, Inc. "It is an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside the United States government."…
  • 3 Hot E-Learning Industry Trends

    masonm.designingdigitally
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    The E-Learning industry is continuing to evolve and adjust to new technologies and other societal changes. Whether used in educational settings or for training purposes in the corporate world, E-Learning technologies are revolutionizing many different sectors. Understanding the most current trends in E-Learning will help you make important decisions regarding how you use E-Learning tools in your own organization, and it will also give you an idea of what to expect in the future. Mobile Learning One of the hottest trends in E-Learning is the prevalence of mobile learning. The desire to access…
  • Gamification of Learning

    masonm.designingdigitally
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    One of the strongest motivators in learning is challenge. The term “challenge” refers to a task, which while sometimes difficult, is achievable through hard work. As human beings, we are attracted to challenges because they A) Include a degree of randomness or excitement, B) Usually include multiple subgoals, and C) They are highly-variable depending on the actions you take. So, why is this important? Experts suggest that challenges should be incorporated into education as a way of engaging learners. Learners who are reluctant might be encouraged to participate by a set of…
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    Hypergrid Business

  • September events on the OpenSim grids

    Maria Korolov
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    August was a relatively slow month in OpenSim, but September is shaping up to be full of major events, including an anniversary celebration on Avination, an Air & Space Expo, a 9/11 commemoration, and...
  • Homido releases iPhone VR app

    Maria Korolov
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Press release: Homido virtual reality smartphone-HMD is bringing VR to the masses Paris, France - Moving in the footsteps of Oculus Rift (Facebook), Morpheus (Sony), Gear VR (Samsung), Cardboard (Google), Homido is proud to bring Virtual...
  • Philip Rosedale to keynote OpenSim conference

    Press Release
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Press Release:  OpenSimulator Community Conference Announces High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale as Keynote Speaker The OpenSimulator Community Conference is pleased to announce Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO of High Fidelity, Inc. will be a...
  • Kokua viewer branches off OpenSim

    Maria Korolov
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The Kokua viewer team is following in the footsteps of Firestorm developers and creating a new branch of the viewer software just for OpenSim. Because of Linden Lab licensing issues, there are some features...
  • 8,000 expected at this week’s Utherverse convention, job fair

    Maria Korolov
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    About 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s virtual Utherverse community convention, Virtual Con, twice that of last year’s 4,000 attendees. This year’s convention also includes a job fair and keynotes by virtual...
 
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