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Virtual Ability: Helping Veterans

Virtual Ability: Helping Veterans | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
"Guest Writer: Helping Veterans through Virtual Worlds Support: 2014 Mental Health Symposium" http://t.co/Jwu5pg1xCJ (Virtual Ability: Guest Writer: Helping Veterans through Virtual Worlds Support:...

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The Virtual Ability folks are doing some great stuff! 

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Bright Canopy: first user group meeting notes published - Inara Pey

Bright Canopy: first user group meeting notes published - Inara Pey | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Bright Canopy, the planned new streaming service for Second Life and OpenSim, hosted its first user group meeting on Saturday, April 25th. The meeting drew interested parties and beta testers from ...

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VirtuoCity Magazine Issue 4 April 2015 ISSUU

VirtuoCity Magazine is a Monthly publication Covering the Virtual World of InWorldz from Cover To Cover. each issue is packed with Content- Art, Architecture, Fashion, Entertainers, Clubs, Charities, Interesting Places and Creators, Interviews and stories! VirtuoCity is owned by the InWorldz Avatar Cataplexia Numbers. For questions, comments or In World "Hard Copy" please send her a notecard in InWorldz. Thank you!
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Another excellent issue in 184 pages about InWorldz people, places and events. My article about Replicant City and Snoots Dwagon starts on page 142.

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Thoughts on Caledon's 9th Year and Life in a Virtual Micro-Nation - Aevalle Galicia

"Nine years ago today, a rather geeky avatar with the name of Desmond Shang officially opened a sim called Caledon with much frivolity and festivities. It was different from other areas of Second Life..."


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Over 300 virtual worlds on Opensim

Over 300 virtual worlds on Opensim | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Good news for Opensim: on the open source platform there are now over 300 virtual worlds active while active users are over 25 thousand per month...

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Thanks to MondiVirtuali.

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Fastest growing grids of 2014 - Hypergrid Business

Fastest growing grids of 2014 - Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"...Metropolis gained the most active users this year in absolute terms. The open grid, based in Germany, benefitted from OSgrid’s extended outage..."


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You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee ~ Nara's Nook

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee ~ Nara's Nook | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

With the continued outage of OSGrid, the metaverse is doing it's best to accommodate displaced avatars. Much like the human counterparts who flee disasters, homeless OSG residents sought the nearest and most familiar port in a storm--Metropolis. As weeks of outage stretched into months of outage, as Metro's servers were pushed to the limit managing new members and expanding inventories, refugees  sought alternative  homes where they could begin rebuilding what they'd lost...


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Interesting use of NPCs. Nara writes, "One of our favorite things to do at Nook Grid is make book boyz--NPC characters that were heroes in our novels--and set them up as dance partners at our First Friday book birthday parties each month. As you can imagine, we were all over Mata Hari's new dance system that allows us to deliver male and female characters as dance partners from the dance ball."

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Reality check on opensim stats - David Daeschler

"Total opensim active users growth 2011-2014:

5,043 users (yuck. for comparison over 7700 people have purchased minecraft in the past 24 hours)

Total InWorldz active users growth 2011-2014:

2,803 or about 56% of the total for all new active users"


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Virtual Ability: Helping Veterans

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"Guest Writer: Helping Veterans through Virtual Worlds Support: 2014 Mental Health Symposium" http://t.co/Jwu5pg1xCJ (Virtual Ability: Guest Writer: Helping Veterans through Virtual Worlds Support:...

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The Virtual Ability folks are doing some great stuff! 

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Firefox to bring virtual reality to the web - Hypergrid Business

Firefox to bring virtual reality to the web - Hypergrid Business | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"In particular, that means support for WebGL — which was used most recently by the Cloud Party virtual world to create a Second Life-style immersive experience right in a Web browser, no download required.
The end result should make it easier to create Web-based virtual world browsers without worrying about making it work with particular equipment." wrote Maria Korolov.


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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 29, 2014 4:43 AM

Great -

The end result should make it easier to create Web-based virtual world browsers without worrying about making it work with particular equipment.

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Featherburr Main will open May 24, 2014

Featherburr Main will open May 24, 2014 | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Prax Maryjasz and Alexina Proctor will be opening the Featherburr Main store at a new location in InWorldz. It will be on the new sky plaza, called Featherburr Plaza, on the region of Tolmire in El...
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Featherburr is now open and there was a good turnout this weekend. 

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Virtual Outworlding: 2014 PROMO: Using the Kitely calendar--or any other Google calendar for events

Virtual Outworlding: 2014 PROMO: Using the Kitely calendar--or any other Google calendar for events | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The Kitely Calendar is attracting more event listings. Just having the calendar seems to have stimulated more events. At this time, most days in the near term are showing two or three events. This article is intended to tell users and event managers how to make the best use of the Kitely calendar, and of other calendars like it.
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Thinkerer uses the Kitely virtual world calendar as an example, but the techniques applies to any organization's events calendar using Google calendar.

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▶ Philip Rosedale Phil is God Talking at VWBPE - YouTube

Live capture at VWBPE http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20South%201/50/181/22 http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/04/2014-help-promo-vwbpe-...

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Asil's curator insight, April 10, 2014 11:22 AM

The audio is pretty bad on this one, lots of static (maybe his body-mic was hitting cloth of something).  But what I find the most annoying is how bad the synch on his avatar is to the speech; as a machinimatographer, I so wish that was better.

 

He talks mostly about the challenge of scaling virtual environments to serve more users simultaneously.  

 

NOTE: Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE ) is a global grass-roots community event which focuses on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice. More information is available on the website: http://www.vwbpe.org

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Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education #VWBPE14

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education #VWBPE14 | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2013
From  April 9-12, 2014

 

This year the conference is being held from April 9-12th, 2014 using three immersive environments including Second Life, OSGrid, and CloudParty.

 

The main conference will be followed up by a 3-week Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) which will highlight examples of educational design from a myriad of other immersive environments. Past presentations have included environments such as Club Penguin, Eve Online, World of Warcraft, Spot on 3D, inWorldz, Sococo, and a host of other virtual platforms.


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I will certainly attend some of the main conference. 

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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, March 22, 2014 2:01 PM

VWBPE is a conference done right.

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Revirtualizing - George Miner aka Danko Whitfield

Revirtualizing - George Miner aka Danko Whitfield | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"Man, I don't even know where to begin. Dankoville went online in September of 2013. It was a complete surprise to me that I could run my own virtual world on my PC. It was great, I was having a ball..."


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Danko Whitfield does a lot of interesting things in virtual worlds, including storytelling. If you are interested in what writers are doing in virtual worlds with roleplaying and storytelling, look at some of his links on http://dankowhitfield.net/

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Going Inworldz with Seanchai Library

Going Inworldz with Seanchai Library | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
At 12:00 noon PDT on Saturday, March 28th, Seanchai Library opens their latest presence in a world beyond SL; this one being Inworldz. The new centre ( is located on Sendalonde, or "Peaceful Heaven...
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Read article by Inara Pey about the opening of a branch of Seanchai on the InWorldz grid.

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Sendalonde Community Library moves to Magellan Sea in InWorldz | Metaverse Library

Sendalonde Community Library moves to Magellan Sea in InWorldz | Metaverse Library | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Sendalonde Community Library Front View Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz are delighted to announce that the Community Library on Sendalonde in InWorldz has
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Sail to Sendalonde to see the next performance at the Sendalonde Theatre by the Peek A Boo Dancers.

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The Hyperzette: Roleplay United Federation Starfleet: The Arrival

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Roleplay United Federation Starfleet: The Arrival 

My watch shows 10.30 UST, time enough before the meeting with the officer. It was always my dream to be in the services of the "United Federation Starfleet" and now I am here at 3rdRock Grid on the region "Starfleet Astarios" one of the colonies within the Starfleet realm...


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Tutorials, free scripts, sculpts and tools for Second Life™ and Open Sim


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Kitely market posts growth, adds new features

Growth in the Kitely Market‘s exportable products continued to exceed that of non-exportables this month, as Kitely rolled out several new features for merchants in recent weeks. The Kitely Market currently contains 7,213 different...

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CherryNetwork's curator insight, December 22, 2014 7:10 AM

Congratulations to the Kitely team and the growing 3D virtual world community within Kitely for the amazing growth. So exciting!!!

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Hypergrid Safari Goes SciFi - Thirza Ember

Hypergrid Safari Goes SciFi - Thirza Ember | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

"...We had more than thirty avatars from eleven different grids joining us at the Clubhouse this week, which was officially called 'ContraptionFest' and this event looks like becoming a regular feature of the Safari, because it was thoroughly entertaining .."


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I was on this safari - it was quite entertaining. Over three hours went very fast! Tons of great free things are at the Lani Mall on OSGrid  and I am going back for more this week. Prax and I tested the all terrain vehicles that Thirza gave us when we got back to Kitely. They appear to work fine -- we have ODE physics enabled on our worlds in Kitely.  I absolutely loved Joe Builder's Lost World which is at ground level below the 4-region build of the USS Enterprise.

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Please look for these two things next time you’re in a freebie store

Please do this next time you’re in a freebie store on an OpenSim grid. Look around. See if you can find a sign up anywhere about the provenance of the freebies. Is there a...
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Kitely Market to have delivery to High Fidelity

Kitely, the largest commercial OpenSim grid by land area, plans to deliver its Kitely Market content throughout the metaverse — not just to OpenSim grids. “Our goal is to make Kitely Market the main...
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This is good news for creators who sell through Kitely Market, though High Fidelity is not a viable product yet.

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Ghosts of the Internet

Ghosts of the Internet | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

It does not happen often that I have to leave Second Life and enter a different virtual world, in order to complete a blogpost on an art installation, but “Ghosts of the Internet” by Glyph Graves made me do it!


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I attended it also from the InWorldz side with my ghost in SL.

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Kitely Now Supports the Hypergrid, with Strong Content Protections | Kitely Blog

Kitely Now Supports the Hypergrid, with Strong Content Protections | Kitely Blog | Happenings - Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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This is big news. Kitely first got Kitely Marketplace working with the additional export permission. New server code at Kitely honors the export permission, so you should not be able to take any of your inventory with you that does not have export permissions. Think about what you are wearing before gridhopping! 

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VWBPE 2013: Fun Noir - Saffia Widdershins - YouTube

The Designing Worlds host talks about a special machinima project, The Blackened Mirror
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