Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, July 31, 2015

2015 HG EVENTS: Upcoming: Opportunities and events, July 31, 2015 
Updated 8/1/2015
Twice a month I gather and post information and links about upcoming opportunities and events in SL or HG. Just the ones that I think will interest my readers.  I update the post if I get new information.  If your event is not listed, mention it in the comments section of this blog. 
  • Opportunities
  • Upcoming  Events
  • Regular events
  • Google+ communities and other groups
  • Calendars
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Music

Tuesday, August 4th at Wizards Retreat on Cookie II
  • Firestorm hop:  In Kitely, paste this hop in the nav bar of Firestorm, enter
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/490/458/100
  • Grid address: grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II
  • Paste address into the World Map next to Find.  Click Find.
  • TP to Kitely, use the hop. hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/490/458/100
Matthew Broyles 11AM PDT TheMatthewShow Returns!Texas to New York and back again. Matt's keen observations are only matched by his musical abilities. Matt brings you originals and covers, marching to a drummer unlike that of most other artists in SL. Feel the beat?
Joe Rizzo 12PM Joe makes me feel like I'm in Golden Gate Park or strolling down Haight St. when all the tourists have gone home. His style draws on so many elements while remaining rooted...

PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: UWA 3D Art & Film Challenges 2015, New

ART:
The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE, the 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge and MachinimUWA VIII with a starting prize pool in excess of L$400,000.   Deadline: Midnight SLT, 31st October 201

SciFi Film Festival 

VIDEO
  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

Summer of Arts submissions open on Metropolis

ART:

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

2015 HELP: HG: Pandora, an NPC learning lab. An NPC is a body double for an avatar

Pandora, an NPC learning lab
An NPC is a body double for an avatar
Used for video production and immersive stories
Non-Player Characters (NPCs)  are made as duplicates of avatars.  They can be animated to duplicate animated actions of avatars.  They are of particular value for making videos, where they can be used in many scenes in place of the duplicated avatar.  They are also of value in immersive stories, where they can appear characters in the stories.  NPCs can be created and used in OpenSim, not Second Life
NPC kits at Pandora
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  • Tutorials
  • Examples of uses
  • Immersive and Interactive Stories
  • Role-play as story
  • Stories move to multi-media
  • The story returns to the people
  • OSSL functions and threat level restrictions

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News and Notes

SciFi Film Festival

  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

Summer of Arts submissions open on Metropolis

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015 WRITE: PEOPLE: SL Enquirer offers aspiring writers a place to show their work.

Why would writers be interested in virtual worlds? 
Fiction writers create virtual worlds in their stories.  They can create virtual worlds that people can look at, walk around in, capture in pictures.  They can meet with other writers have a conversation about their work.  They can write about virtual worlds, have conversations with their readers, get suggestions from their readers, find publishers interested in publishing some of their work, as with the SL Enquirer here.  Why would writers not be interested in virtual worlds?   
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News and Notes

SciFi Film Festival

  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 EDU: Science reports and advocacy. Ball State University honors projects

Science reports and advocacy.
Ball State University honors projects
Public presentations.  The public side of science.  Don't just learn about science, learn how to tell about it. For the Honors projects at Ball State University, the Hypergrid became a way to offer presentations to a larger academic public .       
Measles can be eliminated 
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News and Notes

Take Five Short Poetry Wrkshp-Tue 7/28,7PM SLT

This week at the Short Poetry Workshop we’re doing Take Five. Everyone is given 5 words to use in a poem. Use any poetry form including free verse. The group will then chose 5 more words to use in the next poem. It’s great fun to see how everyone writes different styles using the same 5 words

SciFi Film Festival

  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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    Monday, July 27, 2015

    2015 SEE: PEOPLE: Trial plan for Metaverse Tours

    Trial plan for Metaverse Tours
    Metaverse tours are currently in suspension for the summer.  This proposal is not an official plan for operation, but a proposal for operating Metaverse Tours. Serene Jewell is the owner of the community and would be the one to decide to adopt this plan or any part of it.   
    Starting a metaverse tour
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    SciFi Film Festival

    • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
    • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

    Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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    Sunday, July 26, 2015

    2015 TKR: The Age of Disruption. How shall we adapt? Adrian Wooldridge

    The Age of Disruption.  How shall we adapt? 
    How should we adapt and change in the face of unprecedented disruption to the world of work? It is tempting to dismiss disruption as yet another business fad. But nothing could be more wrong.

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    SciFi Film Festival

    • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
    • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

    Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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      Friday, July 24, 2015

      2014 PEOPLE: BIZ: Hypergriders: Seven things YOU can do to promote the Hypergrid

      Hypergriders: 
      Seven things YOU can do to promote the Hypergrid
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      1. Google+ communities
      2. Outworld communities
      3. Social media likes
      4. Pass on articles related to HG
      5. Promote events and places on the web
      6. Your blog
      7. Videos
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      News and Notes

      SciFi Film Festival

      • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
      • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

      Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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        Thursday, July 23, 2015

        2015 PEOPLE: SEE: Myst, white water, waterfalls and line dancing. Storybuilding with the linking books

        Myst, white water, waterfalls and line dancing.  
        Storybuilding with the linking books. 
        A new Age of Myst.   Here it is, a more elaborate world than the originals, with more things to do, more places to explore.  And in this world, you are not alone.  You can bring your friends, you can talk with them, share photographs and videos with them.  A new age in the Myst saga.  Maybe even a new era.
        The waterfall and white water
        Click image to enlarge
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        Remember Myst and the subsequent games, Riven and Uru?  And the current offering you don't have to remember: Myst online.  The Myst world has extended into other virtual worlds.  New ages are being built in virtual worlds such as Kitely.  
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        Here is a new age, more elaborate world than the originals, with more things to do, more places to explore.  And in this world, you are not alone.  You can bring your friends, you can talk with them, share photographs and videos with them, dance with them.  All at no cost.
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        Brantly No. 3 Shaft has puzzles and problems to solve.  In that way, it keeps to the original design.  But in addition, it has the waterway, a horseback and hiking trail, a flight center and coming soon, an amphibious journey. In the middle of it all there is a mysterious and sometimes dystopian story about the collapse of civilization and its attempted restoration.
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        • To go there via HG:
        • Paste the line below into the viewer World Map, next to Find.  Click Find, TP
        • grid.kitely.com:8002:Brantley No. 3 Shaft
        • Web Page and direct Kitely access: Brantley-No-3-Shaft Web page
        • Firestorm hop (from Kitely): 
        • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Brantley No. 3 Shaft/384/384/110

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        News and Notes

        SciFi Film Festival

        • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
        • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

        Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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          Wednesday, July 22, 2015

          2015 PEOPLE: COMEDY: I am much too old to be doing this!

          Thinkerer Selby Evans Church Bulletins

          Another housebound video from Lauren's Place.  The video is not housebound.  The performer is.  The performance is comedy, but the video shows that no one is housebound is a virtual world.

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          News and Notes

          SciFi Film Festival

          • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
          • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

          Summer of Arts submissions open on Metropolis

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            Tuesday, July 21, 2015

            2015 ART: PEOPLE: The WIP show, 7/18/2015: Virtual mobile art by Lucy Afarensis

            The WIP show, 7/18/2015:  
            Virtual mobile art by Lucy Afarensis
            Virtual mobile art displayed at the HG WIP show.  This art would probably be a part of an art installation.  Installation art is more practical in a virtual world than in the old ("real") world.  People can bring virtual installation art into the old world with a large-screen video.    

            Mobile art by Lucy Afarensis

            Click image to enlarge
            GIF by Thirza Ember
            Click image to enlarge
            • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
            • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
            • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
            • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22
            • The Hypergrid WIP Show
            • Installation art (Wikipedia)
            • Mobile Art (Wikipedia)
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            News and Notes

            Fibonacci Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 7/21, 7pm SLT 

            Have you told a Fib today? You haven’t? Well join us at the Short Poetry Workshop as we revisits Fibonacci poetry, which is based on the Fibonacci number sequence. There are lots of variations to experiment with so join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share your Fibs

            SciFi Film Festival

            • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
            • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

            Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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              Monday, July 20, 2015

              2015 HG: PEOPLE: Touring groups on the Hypergrid, operating plans for future growth

              Touring groups on the Hypergrid, 
              operating plans for future growth
              Metaverse tours, HG Safari and perhaps other groups organize trips to explore places on the Hypergrid.  At present, these groups depend on a small group of hard-working volunteers.  There might be more such groups if the management were easier. This article analyzes the possible functions of these touring groups and suggests possible future arrangements that may better fit some functions and resources.  
              HG Safari Clubhouse

              Functions of group tours, visitor viewpoint

              • Select destinations.
              • Provide experienced guides.
              • Arrange visits with owners/managers at the destination.
              • Share discoveries, Q&A, pictures, etc. in community
              • Share experiences with the public, promoting HG.
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              News and Notes

              SciFi Film Festival

              • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
              • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

              Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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                Sunday, July 19, 2015

                2015 TKR: The Golden Age of creativity. New Tech and the Power to Create

                The Golden Age of creativity.  
                New Tech and the Power to Create
                What challenges and opportunities do new technologies pose for the ‘power to create’? How can institutions adapt to these changes? How will the world of work have to adapt, and how can we learn from reform in previous eras?

                In this excerpt from the event 'New Tech and the Power to Create' Anthony Painter discusses how some stand to benefit from new technology and the enormous changes, while others are at risk of being replaced.
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                News and Notes

                SciFi Film Festival

                • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
                • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

                Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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                  Friday, July 17, 2015

                  2015 HOBBY: Second Life Crazy Train Rally. For railroaders everywhere

                  Second Life Crazy Train Rally.  
                  For railroaders everywhere.
                  Model railroads in a virtual world.  Low cost.  Take no space in your house.  Do not require dusting.  Carry with you on your laptop.  Work on them with your fellow rail fans.  Ride through worlds other people have built.  Show off your train to your friends when they show you pictures of their trip to France.   What's not to like?

                  • Sponsored by the Virtual Railway Consortium.
                  • Held on the Second Life Railroad,
                  • It is over now, but the video lingers on.
                  • Starter stuff: a free Open Source VCR Train and your imagination.
                  • Think Mardi Gras Floats. Think Color. Think Crazy.
                  • Free, Family Friendly, non-combative event. Open to all.
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                  SciFi Film Festival

                  • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
                  • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

                  Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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                    Thursday, July 16, 2015

                    2014 TKR: BIZ: Strategy Everywhere. Where is yours?

                    Strategy Everywhere.  Where is yours?
                    Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, synthesizes the vast history of strategy, and reveals how it has come to pervade virtually every aspect of life today.
                      

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                    SciFi Film Festival

                    • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
                    • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

                    Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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                      Wednesday, July 15, 2015

                      20134 WRITE: BLOG: A dozen+ tips for building your blog about virtual worlds

                      Tips for building your blog about virtual worlds
                      Use the resources of hypertext, the web and virtual worlds to build readership for your blog

                      1.  Know your audience
                      2.  Write to your audience
                      3.  Write to catch and hold attention
                      4.  Post the search description if you can.
                      5.  Help the search engines to help you
                      6.  Use pictures, screenshots, graphics, and calendars to break up the text.
                      7.  If there is a lot there, tell the contents above the break 
                      8.  Plug in to content sources
                      9.  Use BOPs in your virtual world
                      10. Curate your content
                      11. Use social media
                      12. Signal what you want the reader to notice
                      13. Aim for fast loading

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                      News and Notes

                      SciFi Film Festival

                      • Deadline for Regular submissions Midnight – 1 August 2015
                      • Deadline for Late Submissions Midnight – 29 August 2015

                      Summer of Arts submissions open Monday on Metropolis

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