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  • Inflamed Appendix Joke

    The Creative Shed
    The Gravedigger
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    A policeman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix.   The doctors operated and advised him that all was well, however, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch.   Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn’t told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.   Taped firmly across his pub ic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily – if at all.
  • Monobling

    Free*Style
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Bling Hunt is still going on strong, sort of like 2007 sl jewelry bling. I already showed you some of the items in THIS POST, and here are a few more for you all. There seemed to be a lot of pank, gold and monochromatics in the hunt items. So since the last post was so pank, I went with a slightly different feel with this outfit. There still surprisingly ended up being pank. Just couldn't set it on fire enough I guess.I loved playing with these thigh highs from Aphrodisiac, it made me realize I wear a lot less of them, now that slink is a part of my daily sl life. I guess I need to add…
  • Cisco UCS and Major League Baseball @The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Cisco Blog
    Ben Stricker
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    For baseball fans like me -- especially if your favorite team made the playoffs – the October postseason is  the most wonderful time of the year (with apologies [...]
  • Storymakers2014 - The Power of Telling Stories for the October 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life
    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    This Friday, October 24th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion and recap of this year's Storymakers digital storytelling competition, along with a viewing of some of this year's winners, including submissions from some of our NPC community members.  Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, October 24th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am Introductions 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements 8:45 am Mentors…
  • eSports: Naming games (Part 1)

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

  • Storymakers2014 - The Power of Telling Stories for the October 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    This Friday, October 24th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion and recap of this year's Storymakers digital storytelling competition, along with a viewing of some of this year's winners, including submissions from some of our NPC community members.  Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, October 24th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am Introductions 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements 8:45 am Mentors…
  • Storymakers 2014 Awards Gala

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Are you a techie or do-gooder interested in digital storytelling, online community, emerging technologies, or all of the above? You definitely won't want to miss TechSoup's 5th annual Storymakers Gala and Awards Party.  The event will feature a screening of top story submissions with an awards ceremony for the winners! Digital Storytelling videos came in from all around the world and even some from NPC community members.  Join us virtually at NonProfit Commons in Second Life, where we will get together for a mixed reality drive-in event, complete with our own red carpet and…
  • Twitter and Facebook and G+ - Oh My! A Forum on Social Media for the October 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This Friday, October 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a forum on using social media and other ways to get the word out about the great nonprofit and educational projects and work being done in virtual worlds. Come with questions, stories or best practices to share on blogging, social media, wikis and other tools. Join us in Second Life!  Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting Friday, October 17th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL   AGENDA (all times below PT) 8:30 am Introductions 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements 8:45…
  • The Community Cultural Teleportation Hub for the October 10th NonProfit Commons Meeting

    Rhiannon Chatnoir
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This Friday, October 10th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Scott P. Anstadt (Ewan Bonham in SL), with a presentation on the Community Cultural Hub (CCH) located on the Whole Brain Health Fairgrounds in Second Life. read more
  • VIBE - Virtual Islands for Better Education for the October 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

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

  • eSports: Naming games (Part 1)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inflamed Appendix Joke

    The Gravedigger
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    A policeman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix.   The doctors operated and advised him that all was well, however, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch.   Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn’t told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.   Taped firmly across his pub ic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily – if at all.
  • The Walking Dead – Season Five – Episode 1 – “No Sanctuary” Review

    Sean Robinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    One of  my main complaints of The Walking Dead, that I have touched upon in these reviews, is its ability to remain incredibly stagnant at times. The first episode of the entire series showed such promise when it aired – it wasn’t particularly explosive, didn’t feature any melodrama, but it was focused and it showed progress – both literal and emotional. This would quickly dissipate as the show found itself stuck in its first rut in Hershel’s farm during season two, and then again for much of the prison time during seasons three and four. Last season’s…
  • Euclideon Unveils Its Progress

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

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

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

  • WoW Archivist: Patch 3.0 -- Echoes of Doom

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold? Patch 6.0 is finally upon us. Like all pre-expansion patches, it has been both invigorating and chaotic. Almost exactly six years ago, a similar patch went live to begin a new era in WoW. Blizzard called Wrath of the Lich King's pre-expansion patch "Echoes of Doom." On October 14, 2008, this third version of the game gave us the brand-new achievement system, inscription and glyphs, 51-point talent trees, the zombie…
  • Warlords of Draenor: LFR gear to have unique set bonuses

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Traditional class tier sets will no longer be available in LFR difficulty in Warlords of Draenor. You'll need to run normal, heroic, or mythic to get your hands on tier 17 gear. That doesn't mean LFR-exclusive raiders will be entirely without set bonuses. In the latest beta build, Blizzard has added some new set bonuses which are exclusive to LFR gear. These bonuses are not class specific, but are instead armor class and role specific. For example, enhancement shamans and hunters share the same set bonuses. Like traditional armor sets, there are 2-piece and 4-piece bonuses. The 2-piece…
  • Blizzard announces locally hosted Australian realms

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Blizzard Entertainment held a Warlords of Draenor pre-launch celebration in Sydney, Australia last night. To much rejoicing among the Aussies, Blizzard announced Australia will soon have locally-hosted servers. Until now, Oceanic realms were hosted in the US, resulting in consistently subpar latency. Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas has released an FAQ for the transition for those unsure of its ramifications. A few highlights: Oceanic players on North American realms will, for a limited time, have optional character and guild realm transfers available free of charge Players on the new Oceanic realms…
  • The Queue: Nerfing legendary, reagent tab, mounts, and Meechum

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 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 a little late on the Queue today, so let's jump into it head first. Jpec asked: So why are they nerfing legendaries again? Isn't a legendary weapon supposed to be sort of, I dunno, legendary? Meaning you want to hold onto and use it forever, if not for a really long time? In Diablo, I was holding onto legendaries 10-15 levels after I got them, because the stats were that good. Since the squish, using a…
  • Around Azeroth: But I heard they were giving out full-size Snickers bars!

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Submitter Diethelm of Tichondius had heard a rumor from his guildmates that Theramore was the place to be this Hallow's End. Possessed of a somewhat short memory for lore-related occurrences, Diethelm headed to Dustwallow Marsh to find only a ghost town ... that had still somehow been decorated in pumpkins, cauldrons, apple-bobbing tubs and a skeleton that is either decoration or a former inhabitant. Shouldn't they be rebuilding the city, rather than emphasizing holiday decor? Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures…
 
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    TORLEY

  • COMMON SENSE ON ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

    Torley
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Allow me to posit a long-term perspective: it used to be that “electronic dance music culture” encouraged a producer to release diverse, crackin’ brilliant records under many pseudonyms. They actually trespassed genres without overproclaiming-and-underdelivering it (unlike so many label blurbs today) and ultimately delivered experimental AND musical work. White label or not, young me could not believe that one (or two) people could be responsible for such a spectrum of smashing sounds. Fast-forward to today, and tragically, the inverse is true. There’s a predominance…
  • Top 3 mistakes disrupting the cohesive illusion field when doing 80s-like #synthwave/#outrun/#retrofuture music

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

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

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

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

  • Warframe welcomes space ninjas, passes 12M registered players

    Justin Olivetti
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Filed under: Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, MMO Industry, Patches, Free-to-Play, Consoles, MMOFPS It is hard to beat around the bush on this one, so we are going to be blunt: Yes, Virginia, there are space ninjas. And yes, they're going to be arriving in Warframe whether or not you are prepared for them. Tomorrow, the sci-fi MMO will be releasing its 15th update, Archwing. The update will include the ability for players to fly characters through space as space ninjas (because why not?), using new weapons and fighting previously unknown enemies. Archwing will also add the Limbo warframe and a…
  • The Think Tank: What will MMOs look like a decade from now?

    Brianna Royce
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Filed under: World of Warcraft, Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Massively Meta, Miscellaneous, The Think Tank A reader in my Working As Intended column last week penned this thought-provoking gem: "I have no idea what games will look like say in 10 years time. I am sure some of these current games will still be going and doing well because of the investment of those playing them now. What new stuff will be coming out then, I have no idea, especially as the 'Minecraft generation' gets older." What will the Minecraft generation make of World of Warcraft? What will MMOs look like in 10 years?
  • Shroud of the Avatar Release 11 helps prepare for Steam debut

    Justin Olivetti
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Video, Patches, Shroud of the Avatar, Buy-to-Play With Shroud of the Avatar's launch on Steam Early Access next month, the team is eager to test crucial systems to prepare for a wider playerbase. As such, Release 11 has gone into testing from today through Monday, October 27th, and will allow backers to access a Steam-specific test as well. Release 11 patches in a character advancement system, major combat improvements, crafting additions, and a big change to the game's overworld map. "We are also moving towards each of these maps being visually distinct (albeit…
  • You can probably afford this McLaren F1 in World of Speed

    Jef Reahard
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Real-Life, Trailers, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Races Want to drive a McLaren F1? Me too, except I'm several million short of the asking price. Fortunately there's World of Speed, which today announced that it will feature the legendary V12 sports car that was produced between 1992 and 1998. If you're into car porn, it's worth noting that the World of Speed devs released a brief F1 teaser video. You'll find it just past the break.Continue reading You can probably afford this McLaren F1 in World of SpeedYou can probably afford this…
  • DC Universe adds Green Arrow to Legends PvP

    Jef Reahard
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Filed under: Super-hero, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, DC Universe Online SOE has plucked Oliver Queen from the mean streets of Star City and plunked him down in DC Universe Online's Legends PvP mode. That's right, you can now fight as Green Arrow and if you're keeping score at home, this release marks the first time a bow user has been made available for Legends play. You can see Green Arrow in action via a recent SOE livestream that we've embedded past the cut. [Source: SOE press release]Continue reading DC Universe adds Green Arrow to Legends PvPDC Universe…
 
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    Gwyn's Home

  • Representative Aseembly meeting with maximum attendance [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Probably the first time we filled the room. There was a tragic RL loss, Molly, who was mourned for a silent minute. And the RA also has to face a simultaneous resignation of one of its members and of the Chancellor. slurl.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/6/165/46
  • A view from AbbyRose's balcony [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Over the Vineyard Patio and Shop slurl.com/secondlife/Locus%20Amoenus/58/83/33
  • By the beach in Colonia Nova [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Sometimes even politicians need a break! slurl.com/secondlife/Locus%20Amoenus/26/78/24
  • Sometimes I also wear makeup... [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Just for special occasions though! slurl.com/secondlife/Io/234/119/25
  • More from the Baroque Masquerade Ball [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Well, why not? We're listening to Jazz/Swing in an 18th century setting.... slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/227/171/205
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    Second Life

  • AlphaAdonis - Hello from SL/RL sims! ❤ ❤ ❤ all your pics!

    ♛AlphaAdonis Prime♛
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    ♛AlphaAdonis Prime♛ posted a new topic: Hi there! I never thought to introduce myself but here i am :-) Im ❤ ❤ ❤ the captures big time and hope to learn more (come say hello too! -Im alphaadonis inworld) or in Facebook ( AlphaAdonis Prime ) where i post alot of pics, events and tutorials all SL related - have a great one everybody!
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    Shine Shineh
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Shine Shineh posted a reply: Hi I been in SL for over 2 years, love taking photos I felt it was time i posted some of my pics here please feel free to say hi :)
  • Reply to Introduce yourself here!

    SweetVandel
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    SweetVandel posted a reply: Hello! I am Sweetvandel :P Started doing photo editing not to long ago! I work alot in Photoshop but also do wedding photography. I also make logos in RL and SL. My account name is Sweetvandel Resident Contact me if you want some work done. ;P
  • What's it hurt?

    ShoshanaEpsilon
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    ShoshanaEpsilon posted a new topic: 17 THOUSAND members of this group. More than half a million pictures. If you like a picture, add a "favorite" vote. It doesn't hurt anything. If you REALLY like it, add a comment. Let people know that you appreciate their work. There's little that worse than silence. Keep up the good work, photographers! -- Shoshana, Admin
  • Reply to Fix eyes so they don't move

    Kaijah Chrome1
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Kaijah Chrome1 posted a reply: Tanisha got it....anypose is awesome, not only does it control your eyes (and hands and expressions, of course expressions are all old, bad ones) but it also has a puppet mode to control your models eyes. I use mine all the time because my AO makes my eyes wonky. If you are doing more than 1 person in a shot, just have all get it from MP... it is free!
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    MixedRealities

  • Understanding Google, embeddable content and MOOCs

    rolandlegrand
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    What makes mobile so transformative? Why is Google a revolutionary company? These are questions asked and answered in the Coursera course Understanding Media by Understanding Google. Professor Owen R. Youngman (Northwestern University) focuses during six weeks on Google and what makes it so important, not just for media people but for all of us. If you use a smartphone or a social network, you should know why these technologies are so much more than gadgets. The course offers the typical talking head videos but professor Youngman also adds his talent as a curator by selecting half a dozen…
  • ‘One does not own social capital’

    rolandlegrand
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The ConnectedCourses were discussing social capital and networks last week. Kira Baker-Doyle – Assistant Professor of Education, Arcadia University. Author of The Networked Teacher – started by explaining that one can own financial capital but not social capital. That is because your social capital is situated outside of yourself, in loose or dense networks. Dense networks tend to be great for building trust and for sharing the same background and values while loose networks are more efficient for innovation and creativity as those networks link up people from different contexts.
  • Progressive and emergent games / online courses

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

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

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

  • The Push and Pull of Mediums on Creative Expression

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

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

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

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

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

  • Not a Dog Treat

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
     You could try to gnaw on her, but I doubt the results will be pleasant.This is a free avatar created by Meilo Minotaur. I want to take the time to thank you for making such a fun gift, for all on the grid to enjoy. It is always nice to play with something that an artist has created inworld.Art Avatars use to be a lot more common, in years past. I'm not sure why there are less of them now. This was a refreshing change from the normal fashion coverage.I hope you all enjoy!Full Female Avatar - by Meilo Minotaur - L$0Pose - Olive Juice - Not FreeLocation - Immortalis Haunted
  • .:dolly:.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    vvSkin--Angelica KANON honeypink (group gift in store, 300L join fee, includes SLink appliers worn here)Hair--Alice Project Steph (lucky board)Eyes--Negaposi Fairy Eyes Glacier (30L per set, includes prim and system eyes)Eyelash tattoo--Lumae Eyelashes Normal (part of group gift in store)Mesh Eyelashes--Beetlebones StarstruckLipstick--Angelica Mellow Wine (30L gacha at The Season's Story)Necklace--Maxi Gossamer Banshee Skull Heart (50% off flash sale)Hat--Les Petits Details Nellie Hat (50L gacha for TAG)Sweater--Baiastice (no longer available, see store for other styles)Skirt--Les Petits…
  • Monobling

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Bling Hunt is still going on strong, sort of like 2007 sl jewelry bling. I already showed you some of the items in THIS POST, and here are a few more for you all. There seemed to be a lot of pank, gold and monochromatics in the hunt items. So since the last post was so pank, I went with a slightly different feel with this outfit. There still surprisingly ended up being pank. Just couldn't set it on fire enough I guess.I loved playing with these thigh highs from Aphrodisiac, it made me realize I wear a lot less of them, now that slink is a part of my daily sl life. I guess I need to add…
  • .:black eye:.

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    vv Skin--The Skinnery Gemma 4 Champagne (75L TAG gacha, visit Gachatopia for HUD)Hair and bow--Spellbound Velvet (50L TAG gacha, visit Gachatopia for HUD)Eyes--Negaposi Silent eyes, Dew (30L per set, includes system and prim eyes)Eyelashes--Lumae Eyelashes Longer (part of group gift in store)Necktie--Sn@tch Darkness Necktie, Fish4This Halloween Grab Bag #5 (caught with 100L casual fishing rod and no bait)Doll--katat0nik Fox Doll (The Season's Story 1st anniversary gift)Sweater--Pixicat Sweet Sweater K9 (9L Kustom 9 1st anniversary gift)Pants--Ricielli Zanitta (15L Say Goodbye to the Old…
  • Affordable Skins Roundup: Halloween

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    vv Skins from left to right: --Glam Affair Sia America 07 (288L at Collabor88)(worn with Izzie's Blood Dripping eye jewelry, see below) --PXL Kate Muerta (99L gacha)--Atomic Song Autumn, creme tone (300L at The Season's Story)(worn with Lipstick 2, also included)--Lara Hurley Riah (group gift in store)Eyes from left to right:--Dead Apples Sorrow Eyes, green (group gift in store, 1L join fee)--Dead Apples Sorrow Eyes, brown (group gift in store, 1L join fee)--Angelica Tsuya Eyes, meadow (30L gacha at The Gacha Mania)--Dead Apples Sorrow Eyes, blue (group gift in store, 1L join…
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    FabFree - Fabulously Free in SL

  • Your Friday Hunt Report

    Xia Nishi
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Just one week left until Halloween! If you haven’t taken advantage of one of the dozens of Halloween hunts, then now it the time because the clock is ticking. There are some fabulous and scary gifts out there lying around, just waiting to be picked up… Halloween costumes, spooky graveyards, gnarly trees, and more! Bring a couple of friends because it is terrifying out there. What is this hunting thing you ask? Well you follow clues to find hunt objects in a kind of scavenger hunt… either in just one store or region, or hopping from region to region. Some are easy, others a…
  • Living in My Kawaii World!

    Tiana Omizu
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I really adore the Lolita look in both worlds and have been an avid collector of these kinds of dresses for as long as I can remember in SL. I am always thrilled to find new designers and new dresses so when I saw a notice that Antielle had placed out a Lolita style dress for their new group gift for October, I shot over to their store as quick as I could! You will need to join the “My Kawaii World” group to get the Dress! I was even more thrilled when I saw that there was another free Lolita dress available also as a group gift! Some of you may have seen it before on the blog…
  • New Gift At FabFree Headquarters by Nail Me!

    Love Trill
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Nail Me has placed out their Can’t Change Me Slink Nail Applier Hud in The Gift Gallery at FabFree Headquarters – come on by and grab your free copy!
  • Isn’t She Precious?

    Love Trill
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Hi Fabulouses!  I came across a super cute group gift today that I thought you ladies might like to hear about!  At Precious Designs you can activate your free inworld SLF&O group tag and pick up the She’s Mine outfit.  This outfit includes the mesh skirt, and the ruffled mesh blouse with brooch attached.  Also included in the folder was a texture change hud that allows for several different colour changes in both pieces so you can wear it, and wear it again in a different colour combination. You’ll find a ton of group gifts, lucky boards and MM boards in the shop if…
  • FabFree Designer of The Day – 10/23/14 – Spiders Design

    Love Trill
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Spiders Design Halloween Pumpkins (free group gift / 0L / free to join) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Icewater/44/212/21 **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.*
 
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Pumpkins

    gogo
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I have big metal pumpkins! This is Halloween costume idea #1. I could go as a girl in a short dress with pastel hair, and a mysterious mask! LOL. What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Vixen & Mask Katat0nik – (Virgin/Average) Heart Playgirl Dress & MudHoney – Metal Pumpkins The post Pumpkins appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • Rest in peace

    gogo
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s difficult to celebrate Halloween in SL cos throughout the year, I feel like I have lots of opportunities to ‘dress up’ already! All those fabulous RP looks, and crazy cute costumes. If I were to dress up in SL, I would choose a kawaii costume. Do you celebrate Halloween in SL? Let me know in the comments! What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Coral 2 The Secret Store – Anita Empire Dress (Ghost) S & What Next – Scattered Leaves Decor The post Rest in peace appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
  • In Colors

    gogo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Designers, if you don’t know who is in your official bloggers group, you’ve already lost control of your branding. My friend needed support earlier this week, for a pair of shoes that was sent to her. When she contacted the designer, this person did not even know who she was, even after she said she was in the blogger’s group, the designer didn’t bother to take two seconds to look at the group for her name, and the exchange continued to be awkward, almost insulting. Even if a designer is so busy, the group so big that the names are a blur, take two seconds to verify…
  • Oslo

    gogo
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    I am thankful for the talents of other SL residents daily, especially when I need a well-decorated sim for photography. I’m standing NordeyNey, it looks like a charming residential sim that is opened to the public. Now that it’s autumn, I’m glad that designers are introducing plaid back into their designs. Less floral, MORE PLAID!!!! This gorgeous Oslo shirt is from Fishy Strawberry, and includes a texture-changing HUD. What I’m Wearing: LeLutka – BAMBI Hair (Praline) Fishy Strawberry – Oslo Shirt (S) Light Denim Monso – My Studded Shorts (Deep…
  • One of a kind

    gogo
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    This month’s theme for Uber is ’50 Shades’ which as you can guess, lots of designers went the cliché route and made submissive things. The theme is inspired by a certain book with the same name, I’m sure you can already guess what that book is called. My friend said, it’s the worst book she ever read, LOL. A couple of brands did do cute sexy things though! Since I’m not into that, I really appreciate the more subtly sexy items, that can easily translate to casual wear. Monso nailed it with the My Off Shoulder Shirt & My First Lingerie set, both…
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Rosieri

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosieri/128/128/0
  • REBEL YELL CONCERTS

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REBEL%20YELL%20CONCERTS/128/128/0
  • Hedwigs Hollow

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hedwigs%20Hollow/128/128/0
  • Nympho

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nympho/128/128/0
  • Tropical Paradise

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Paradise/128/128/0
 
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    Hiperia3D News

  • Sersee Hair

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Our new product for our store at DAZ: Sersee Hair is a very versatile hair style, with optional cloth in the braids, and also includes a digitally sculpted crown with many options. Timeless, customizable, and easy to use, perfect for fantasy, fairies, warriors, sorceress, nymphs, goddess, queens, princess... A must have! Genesis 2 Female and her 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(s), Victoria 6, Giselle 6. See images and get it here: Sersee Hair For DAZ Studio and Poser (using dson) -…
  • EJ Bellaluna and Moonchild Jewels

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

  • Representative Aseembly meeting with maximum attendance [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Probably the first time we filled the room. There was a tragic RL loss, Molly, who was mourned for a silent minute. And the RA also has to face a simultaneous resignation of one of its members and of the Chancellor. slurl.com/secondlife/Colonia%20Nova/6/165/46
  • A view from AbbyRose's balcony [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Over the Vineyard Patio and Shop slurl.com/secondlife/Locus%20Amoenus/58/83/33
  • By the beach in Colonia Nova [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Sometimes even politicians need a break! slurl.com/secondlife/Locus%20Amoenus/26/78/24
  • Sometimes I also wear makeup... [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Just for special occasions though! slurl.com/secondlife/Io/234/119/25
  • More from the Baroque Masquerade Ball [Flickr]

    Gwyneth Llewelyn
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Gwyneth Llewelyn posted a photo: Well, why not? We're listening to Jazz/Swing in an 18th century setting.... slurl.com/secondlife/Neufreistadt/227/171/205
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    Designing Digitally, Inc.

  • Designing Digitally, Inc. Has Been Selected as a 2014 TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 Gamification Company

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Designing Digitally, Inc., a full-service, gamification and interactive E-Learning development company, has been selected for the 2014 TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 Gamification Companies List. The selection of Designing Digitally, Inc. spurred from a demonstration of excellence in the following areas: company growth and potential to grow, capabilities, quality of clients and more. "We are honored to be selected by TrainingIndustry.com as a Top 20 Gamification Company. It is satisfying to know our efforts have been recognized and the dedication to our clients rewarded," says Andrew…
  • Gamification and Game-Based Learning: What’s the Difference?

    masonm.designingdigitally
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Gamification and game-based learning are both buzzwords in the education and training industry. Although both are innovative ways to train your learners, they cannot be used interchangeably. While both may relate to education, how they do so varies. So, what is gamification? Gamification is adding game-like mechanics to non-game experiences to encourage a specific behavior and motivate learners. This does not mean you are having your learners play games. What it does mean is you are taking motivational elements from games, such as badges or achievements, and incorporating them to encourage…
  • How Serious Games Fit With Blooms Taxonomy

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Blooms Taxonomy was developed in 1956 and was used to help classify the difficulty associated with questions asked during assessments, ultimately being transformed into a “system” for classifying various learning outcomes. But how do serious games tie in with Blooms Taxonomy? A Quick Overview of Bloom’s Taxonomy In simple terms, the Blooms Taxonomy model is based around the idea that learning can be divided into three main areas - learning that is generating a skill, learning that is developing attitudes, and finally, learning that is transferring knowledge. These are…
  • DDINC Partners With NASA to Develop Gamified Learning Experiences

    masonm.designingdigitally
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Designing Digitally, Inc. has partnered with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to develop Gamified E-Learning experiences. The E-Learning modules embrace gamification to make learning how to write requirements engaging, educational, and entertaining. "Working with Goddard Space Flight Center on this project is something we are excited about here at Designing Digitally," says Andrew Hughes, President of Designing Digitally, Inc. "We look forward to working with the innovative people at NASA to educate and increase knowledge retention through gamification and serious games. This…
  • Corporate Training Evaluation Tips

    masonm.designingdigitally
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The evaluation of a corporate training program is an integral aspect to understanding its overall effectiveness. Using different approaches to observe and measure how well your corporate training program is doing will allow you to ensure you have not wasted both time and money. In some cases, you may discover your training program is lackluster and does not provide a good return on investment. On the other hand, you may see the training model you have implemented is effective and your employees are responding to it well. In this post we will go over some of the main challenges of the…
 
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Breedables arrive on the hypergrid

    Maria Korolov
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Love them or hate them — and many people do love them — but there are now breedables on the hypergrid. Previously, breedables in OpenSim were limited to closed grids like InWorldz, with Oyo Breedables,...
  • Kitely merchants can now buy ads

    Maria Korolov
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Merchants selling products on the Kitely Market can now advertise them. According to today’s announcement, merchants can now put up ads promoting individual products, or their entire stores. The ads will appear on top...
  • 8 great free new themes for consultants

    Maria Korolov
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I just noticed that KZero has an excellent new design. Perfect timing, too — as interest in virtual reality is exploding, so is the need for virtual worlds consultants of all kind. Arch Virtual...
  • OpenSim Creations gone due to backup failure

    Maria Korolov
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    OpenSim Creations, the top site for OpenSim creators sharing original content under Creative Commons licenses, is gone. “In the wee hours of October 20, the entire /home folder of this server got wiped,” said...
  • 5 tips for positive promotion

    Maria Korolov
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a follow-up to yesterday’s article about the rules of grid competition. So you’ve decided to avoid self-sabotaging, unproductive, negative types of marketing and competition. What’s left? Lots of stuff! 1. Market your...
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