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  • Stand Up 2 Cancer 2014: Second Life Musicians Take a Stand with 4 Days of Fundraising

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    Linden Lab
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organization established to raise funds for cancer research and to help fund groundbreaking new treatment development. Inara Pey has written a very informative blog post about the organization and the event. While the entertainment industry plans to help raise awareness and funds by hosting a prime time event, Second Life musicians, venues, and artists are planning an inworld festival of music and fundraising in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer. SL Music Race for a Cure (an official Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising team) kicks off today, and a full list of venues,…
  • A Clockwork Spiral - Steampunk Event to Benefit National Kidney Foundation

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    Linden Lab
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    “A Clockwork Spiral” by Sonya Rothmanay If you love steampunk be sure to stop by A Clockwork Spiral - a shopping event that benefits the National Kidney Foundation and happens to be set on a dark Victorian setting complete with gears, planes, and all things steampunk. Designers have set out themed items marked with either 50% or 100% so you know how much of your purchase will be donated to the organization. Take in the sights and sounds and delve into an atmosphere of a world filled with steam-powered machinery and mechanical majesty.  A few have already shared their clockwork…
  • Cisco CEO John Chambers Statement on Larry Ellison

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    John Earnhardt
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Statement by Cisco Chairman and CEO on Oracle's Larry Ellison.
  • #Storymakers2014: Tips and Tools for the September 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

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

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    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…
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    Featured News articles

  • A Clockwork Spiral - Steampunk Event to Benefit National Kidney Foundation

    Linden Lab
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    “A Clockwork Spiral” by Sonya Rothmanay If you love steampunk be sure to stop by A Clockwork Spiral - a shopping event that benefits the National Kidney Foundation and happens to be set on a dark Victorian setting complete with gears, planes, and all things steampunk. Designers have set out themed items marked with either 50% or 100% so you know how much of your purchase will be donated to the organization. Take in the sights and sounds and delve into an atmosphere of a world filled with steam-powered machinery and mechanical majesty.  A few have already shared their clockwork…
  • Remembering Joe Miller

    Linden Lab
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    We're saddened to share the news that former Linden Lab executive Joe Miller recently passed away. Joe was our VP of Platform and Technology Development from 2006 to 2010, and long-time Second Life Residents may fondly remember encountering his avatar, Joe Linden, as a friendly robot inworld. Joe Miller (via LinkedIn) and his Second Life avatar, Joe Linden (via Gianna Borgnine’s Flickr) Joe's work in his time at Linden Lab helped to dramatically improve Second Life and contributed to making the virtual world what it is today. Among his many contributions, Joe played a major role in the…
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/12/2014

    Linden Lab
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Second Life is home to all sorts of wild and fun entertainment. Role-playing, zombie survival, night clubs, and more are all waiting just the other side of the login screen. The Second Life Destination Guide is always happy to show you some of the best places to spend your virtual time, and this time, it’s all about dancing your worries away at some of Second Life’s music clubs. The look and mood of a club can be as distinct as an artist’s sound - and there are plenty of places to get your musical kicks inworld. There’s an intimate blues experience, loud tunes in the great wide open,…
  • Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/5/2014

    Linden Lab
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    As we roll into the weekend, you might be looking for something new to explore in Second Life. Where else would you find a variety of selections to suit your tastes but the Second Life Destination Guide and the latest installment of Highlights. This time around, choose to dive through a day-glo mind-bender of an art installation, get chilled and thrilled in a wildly dark biker carnival, or take in some tunes at a cancer charity event. There’s time to cover them all if you’re up for it. As many people may know, the Arcade is back with tons of new gacha goodies to collect, trade, and enjoy.
  • Stand Up 2 Cancer 2014: Second Life Musicians Take a Stand with 4 Days of Fundraising

    Linden Lab
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organization established to raise funds for cancer research and to help fund groundbreaking new treatment development. Inara Pey has written a very informative blog post about the organization and the event. While the entertainment industry plans to help raise awareness and funds by hosting a prime time event, Second Life musicians, venues, and artists are planning an inworld festival of music and fundraising in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer. SL Music Race for a Cure (an official Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising team) kicks off today, and a full list of venues,…
 
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    NPSL: Nonprofits in Second Life

  • #Storymakers2014: Tips and Tools for the September 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

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

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

  • Australia: You Can Patent Breast Cancer Genes

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

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

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

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

  • Patch 6.0.2: PvP season 15 ends

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the spirit of get it done soon that we see getting more and more prevalent as patch 6.0.2 gets closer, here's some news about PvP Season 15. Namely, it's ending as soon as the patch drops. This means several things - there will be no Arenas or Rated BG's after the patch, all Conquest Points will be converted to Honor, with excess Honor above 4000 points being converted to gold. Blizzard - Patch 6.0.2 PTR Patch Notes PvP Season 15 comes to an end with the launch of Patch 6.0.2. (Date has not been determined yet.) Conquest Points will be converted into Honor Points, and any Honor above the…
  • Patch 6.0.2: No Brawler's Guild until Warlords

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you're still working on your Brawler's Guild achievements, get a move on - you have until Patch 6.0.2 to get that all done, because as soon as that drops, the Brawler's Guild will be closed until Warlords of Draenor comes out. Blizzard - Patch 6.0.2 patch notes Season 1 of the Brawler's has come to a close and associated achievements have been converted into Feats of Strength. Fights will be unavailable while the Brawler's Guild is being refitted in preparation for Season 2 (available after Warlords of Draenor has launched.) Account-wide membership in Brawler's Guild will carry over to…
  • Mythic raid testing this Friday, September 19th

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you happen to have a group of, say, 20 folks to hand and you want to test out what Mythic Raiding is going to be all about, then rejoice, for you'll have that opportunity. Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas had once again revealed to us the schedule for the next batch of raid testing, this time for Mythic difficulty. We're looking at two encounters in Mythic difficulty Blackrock Foundry, Beastlord Darmac at 10:30 Pacific and Iron Maidens at 15:00 Pacific (that's 3 PM for those of us not on military time). Note that you don't have to be on a level 100 character to take part in the testing. Your…
  • Never enough time

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the absurdities of playing an MMO for any length of time, much less for ten years, is that you see certain cycles repeat again and again. For instance, I've seen players make the same assumptions about personal experiences in the game being universal so many times that I could republish that post every two weeks and it would be relevant. Another way I've seen the same cycle repeat multiple times since the end of Burning Crusade is this - people always complain (myself included) that the expansion is taking too long to get here and we're sick of the old content, and then, as soon as the…
  • The Queue: Legendary decisions, Lore, A boring lack of dinosaurs

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today. No dinosaurs today. We are going straight into the meat of the Queue. Arthonos asks: With all the flack that Blizzard is getting right now over their decision to remove the Legendary quest chain, do you think they should be more upfront at the release of an expansion what will and will not be temporary content? More importantly, why should a company destroy content it created? I can see if the intent is to update or…
 
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    TORLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Stream Team: Solving new Sidestories in The Secret World

    MJ Guthrie
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Filed under: Horror, Real-Life, Video, Patches, The Secret World, Livestream, The Stream Team, Buy-to-Play It's back to Tokyo for The Secret World's newest Sidestories! Massively's MJ and Justin are excited to dive into this latest mission pack boasting six new missions, including two investigations. With a title like The Last Pagan, this pack promises that special TSW feel that you know and love. How many missions can they knock out in one hour's time, and which ones will they choose? That all depends on if you come on the adventure with them, so join them live at 9:00 p.m. and get in on the…
  • Trion's Hartsman on more ArcheAge servers, communication

    Jef Reahard
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, ArcheAge, Sandbox Trion CEO Scott Hartsman has posted an ArcheAge launch update letter on the game's official forum. The long and short of it is more servers, expanded customer service, and more aggressive AFK sweeps. Hartsman also mentions that he's "personally tweeted more during this launch than [he thinks he has] since Twitter existed," and he says that Trion's communication will be "redoubled," most notably on the game's forums.Trion's Hartsman on more ArcheAge servers, communication originally appeared on Massively on…
  • The Think Tank: Surveiling ArcheAge's launch

    Brianna Royce
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Culture, Game Mechanics, Launches, MMO Industry, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, Miscellaneous, ArcheAge, Sandbox, The Think Tank Some of the Massively staff have been playing ArcheAge during its head start and launch week, and some haven't, but all of us have been watching to see how the first major sandbox launch in recent memory fares. For today's Think Tank, I polled the Massively writers about their impressions of the game whether they are playing it personally or examining the launch from an industry perspective.Continue reading The Think Tank:…
  • The Stream Team: New is new in Guild Wars 2

    Mike Foster
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Filed under: Fantasy, Video, PvE, Guild Wars 2, Massively Meta, Hands-On, Livestream, The Stream Team, MMORPG, Buy-to-Play The good folks at ArenaNet have revamped Guild Wars 2's starting experience, and Massively's Mike Foster is prepared to meet that new new player experience head-on. The revised approach involves better direction for those who aren't sure where to go and promises to help streamline the leveling process; no longer should brand-new Guild Wars players be left lost and confused. Does it work? Tune in at 7:00 p.m. EST and find out. Game: Guild Wars 2 Host: Mike Foster Date:…
  • Champions' Steel Crusade now live with new instances and more

    Jef Reahard
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Super-hero, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, Champions Online Champions Online's newest content update is now available. Steel Crusade finds Millennium City under attack by Mechanon, "a robot supervillain determined to eradicate all organic life." The drop includes three new instances, a new mission hub (the United Nations Tribunal on International Law space station), and a Reawakened Automaton Archetype. [Source: Perfect World press release]Champions' Steel Crusade now live with new instances and more originally appeared on Massively on Thu,…
 
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  • Registering users on a website

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

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

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

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

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

    ladythylia
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    ladythylia posted a reply: Hello Everyone, new to the group but not to SL been inworld for over 7 years. I'm a nomad with a perm place to live. I love to roam about taking pictures and looking at the skillful builders and designers. Plus I'm a shopper. Take care!
  • 17.600 SL members on flickr

    Shiny moniree in sl 5
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Shiny moniree in sl 5 posted a new topic: Hi everyone I see there are like 17,600 SL members in this flickr group, But when im in SL making my cute things I like never meet anyone in SL with a flickr? Where are you all? I have meet lots of people in SL over the 5 years being there but where are them 17.600 flickrs ones? Moniree India
  • 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!

    Lady Janet ~ Queen of Darkness
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Lady Janet ~ Queen of Darkness 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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    MixedRealities

  • Progressive and emergent games / online courses

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Seeking Arrangements

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Life is stranger than fiction. In the course of putting together a new episode of Life with Jess, I created an account on SeekingArrangments.com,  a site where hot young women can establish Sugar Daddy relationships, trading company and sexual services for cash and gifts. I needed a screenshot for the video, so I set up an account for "That bitch Lizzie."Given the user name, the image and her description as "The Fictional Girl of Your Dreams," I figured the account wouldn't generate must interest from roving Sugar Daddies. To my surprise, I started getting inquiries within a few minutes:…
  • Welcome To My Parts Party

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There was a discussion on Twitter the other day about whether an author's fictional characters and stories were necessarily representations of her real self.@botgirlq Is every story you create telling your own story? Can you write fiction without it being a part of your own tale?— Whiskey Monday (@Whiskey_Day) August 29, 2014After mulling the idea over for a couple of days, I was reminded of a group therapeutic process I once participated in called a Parts Party. One person in the group is the subject. Others take on different characters that represent aspects of the subject's personality.
  • 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…
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    Second Life Fashion Addict

  • Always Room In My Home & Heart

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Covenant of the Cog

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    In the name of the Cogto whom we can trust,we beat you down,and return you to dust.Those, the unbelievers,who ignore the cries,of steampowered angels,in the skies.Your sins they will carry,with well oiled wings,to a place full of gaslightand well oiled springs.You worry no longer,for the taste of fresh air,a drop of pure water,that no one would share.Return to The Inventor,you, his creation,back to the center,and gaze upon him in admiration.Your reckoning day,is here at last,carry forth your memories,your sins are now in the past.AmenPoem by Helena StringerMore photos and credits after the…
  • Week of Nails - Peachy

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Slink Nail Applier - Peachy - L$10 Instore DealRing - Bliensen + MaiTai - L$1 SL Marketplace Deal
  • Week of Nails - Karababy

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Wash has 4 Cart sales throughout the year. At each one, you can go up and down the streets, browse little carts, and pick up some awesome deals for L$10 and under.This round there was a bunch of Nail appliers up for grabs, so I will be showing some of ym favs in the next few days. I also found this ring at one of the booths, as a gift, included in a demo box.Slink Nail Appliers - Karababy - The Wash Cart Sale L$1 DealRing - Yobasha - The Wash Cart Sale Free Gift
  • Week of Nails - La Boheme

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    La Boheme is in a ton of hunts, often offering 2 different gift variations per hunt. This place is worth it to check out, and their regular priced nail appliers are decently priced.Slink Nail Applier - La Boheme - Orient Express Hunt PrizeRing - Miss LT - Not Free
  • Week of Nails - Flair

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Got a colourful combo for you today.Slink Nail Applier - Flair - Free GiftRing - Nuclear Bambi - L$1 SL Marketplace Deal
 
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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

  • My Secret Affair With Luas

    Love Trill
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Hey Fabulouses! I am stopping by today to share a really gorgeous affordable gacha find from the new round of The Secret Affair that I could just not pass up! At the Luas The Secret Affair display you can find gacha machines set up by size to play for 6 common coloured Corina Dresses and the Corina Set (RARE).  The Corina Set includes the heandband, headchain, shoulder pads and bracelets as well as a texture change hud so you can switch up the metals to match any of the dresses you might have picked up along the way.  This machine plays at 50L. The Light of My Life pose that includes…
  • Cart Sale – Nail Me!

    Pru Rexroth
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Hello Fab Free-r’s! I hope you’ve been enjoying all the Cart Sale coverage lately! It’s that time of year again, and the designers have really put out some amazing stuff this round. I have the pleasure of showing you some of the gorgeous nails from Nail Me!. Like all Cart Wash sale items, each palate of these beautiful manicure and pedicure sets are just $10 Lindens, you cannot go wrong here! Pictured above are just four examples of the several nail palates available. I personally love the creative twist to a classic moon manicure. Also, you’ll find an adorable gift…
  • Fab Free Designer of the Day – 09/18/2014 – Firefly

    Pru Rexroth
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Get this partial mesh outfit at Firefly, it’s a $1 linden hunt gift on the second floor! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Steine%20Gardens/31/56/502 **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.
  • Hanau @ The Wash Cart Sale

    Tiana Omizu
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    We are on day 2 of The Wash Cart Sale! Today I am showing you the goodies you can find on the Hanau cart.. but before I do, I want to let you know that Hanau is the new name for A.R.C.+F.N and they are currently rebranding so for this post I have added both names for the credits so you will know! As before I will be showing you a few of my favourite items from the stall and then showing you their cart so you can see all of the things that they have for sale! Avalon Lingerie (Black) by Hanau / A.R.C.+F.N [L$10 / The Wash Cart Sale] This lingerie comes with two versions in the package.. Im…
  • Somnia @ The Wash Cart Sale

    Tiana Omizu
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Hooray its time for the biannual Cart Sale at The Wash! Sooo many amazing things can be found at this event and all for L$10 and under! I always love Cart Sale time of year and its always so amazing to bump into readers while I am skipping around the Carts so be sure to say hello if you see me! Today I am showing you the goodies you can find at the Somnia cart. I am wearing three of my favourite items from the cart and then below that is my Cart picture which shows you all the other great things you can find on there! Athytia by Somnia [L$10 / The Wash Cart Sale] Hot Toddy by Somnia [L$10 /…
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    JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog

  • Doll v2

    gogo
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Want to know a secret? Only two people in SL can get me to try or blog new things, one of them is Mochi, and the other one is Kavar. So if you ever want something blogged here, bribe those two to wear it on their vendor ads, cos they make everything look good! For months, I have resisted buying a mesh mouth, cos I simply didn’t need it. I still don’t, but I couldn’t resist buying the Nyam Nyam mouth cos Pink Fuel released the best appliers for them, along with the new Doll v2 skin. This skin only comes in one skin tone, but it’s great for that porcelain doll look. I…
  • Home and Garden Expo 2014

    gogo
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I heart the Home and Garden Expo! I love this expo so much, I always have such a good time exploring everyone’s display, and making a long list of things to get for my home. The best thing about Home and Garden Expo is that it doesn’t feel like an expo of things for sale, but more like a huge set of sims to explore, cos it’s all so uniquely displayed and landscaped. Most of the H&G sims are autumn themed, until I stumbled upon this lovely display from Studio Skye. It’s WINTER!!! I love the transitioning of the seasons here, and I stood here a lil’ too long…
  • A Clockwork Spiral

    gogo
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Hello from the A Clockwork Spiral event sim! This event opens on Monday, September 15th at noon SLT. I love the autumn decor this year, and it doesn’t feel like an ‘event’ but more like a small town with lots of cute spots for photos. If you’re into steampunk/diesel/and dark victoriana inspired things, check out this event! *NOTE* I’m accidentally wearing my skirt in two different prints today LOL (oops….. blame SL). It sort of works? What I’m Wearing: Pink Fuel Skin Truth – Bryn The Secret Store – Annette Peplum Skirt & Lola Cropped…
  • Second Life Photo Filters

    gogo
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I updated my Second Life Official viewer today, and noticed that filters are now available for SL pics!! How long has this been a feature? All of the filters are pretty basic, and can easily be done with a single click using any online image editor, if you’re not savvy with Photoshop. I’m impressed that SL has this feature, especially for my friends that don’t like to edit their photos, or don’t know how. What do you think about the new SL filters? Let me know in the comments! Select filters from the drop down menuRaw image from SL (Autocontrast filter) What I’m…
  • 80’s

    gogo
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    What I’m Wearing: Exile – Perfect Promise Teefy – Gina Bodycon Dress (S) 80s @Collabor88 Yummy – Cutie Crown ring (Pink) & MudHoney Zelia Stool – paisley @Arcade The post 80’s appeared first on JuicyBomb Second Life Fashion Blog.
 
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    Koinup: Second Life Places

  • Nashville Music Row

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nashville%20Music%20Row/128/128/0
  • WOODS

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/WOODS/128/128/0
  • Miyazaki NX

    14 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Miyazaki%20NX/128/128/0
  • Ocarina Beach

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocarina%20Beach/128/128/0
  • The Emerald City

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Emerald%20City/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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    Gwyn's Home

  • Registering users on a website

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blended Learning: What? Why? How?

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

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

    masonm.designingdigitally
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Designing Digitally, Inc. has been selected by BestWebDesignAgencies.com as a top 10 development company for September, 2014. “It is great to see our organization being recognized for the dedication we have to our clients and our commitment to developing the highest quality online learning experiences,” says Andrew Hughes, President of Designing Digitally, Inc., regarding the award. “We are looking to finish out 2014 strong and take it to the next level in 2015. It is encouraging to know people recognize our hard work and see our developments as something to…
  • 3 Reasons You Can't Ignore Gamification for Employees

    masonm.designingdigitally
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Gamification is more than just a fad or a hip new way to motivate your employees, it has given corporations an effective means to engage employees and see real-time benefits. Gamification uses various game-based elements of community, rewards, and social interaction in non-game contexts. Additionally, gamification helps encourage employees to participate. As the workforce continues to get younger and the role of technology bigger, enterprises must adjust if they want to succeed. Whether you start small or jump head first into gamification of learning content, the fact of the matter is,…
  • E-Learning Design 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…
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    Hypergrid Business

  • Oculus rival Totem hits Kickstarter

    Maria Korolov
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Totem headset from Montreal-based Vrvana, Inc. has launched its Kickstarter this week with a very promising debut — more than $100,000 raised in the first 24 hours. The project is now more than...
  • 7 fundraising strategies for grids

    Maria Korolov
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    I have served on my share of non-profit boards. Still do, as a matter of fact. And most of these nonprofits have one thing in common: they spend money. Sorry, they have two things in...
  • Zetamex introduces new owner, price plans

    Maria Korolov
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The new CEO taking over the Zetamex OpenSim hosting company is named Richard Lehman, and prices will only be raised slightly, he said today. In addition, he pledged that 10 percent of the region...
  • Zetamex’ $3 regions will be gone on Nov. 1

    Maria Korolov
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    As a result of the recent change in ownership, Zetamex will be raising hosting prices on Nov. 1. “I can’t release how much it’s going up, but it is going to affect all plans,”...
  • Virtual characters help build real stories

    Yantri Bherga
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Virtual worlds are providing a new and exciting, interactive landscape for writers. One such place is Nara’s Nook, an OpenSim grid on which which authors gather weekly to discuss their projects and to share...
 
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