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Admire’ 09 31th of July till 2 August’ 09 in Panhoven Zevenaar, Holland

by on Jul.22, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

ADMIRE ’09 – the Real Life gathering of many of the favourite Second Life musicians for a weekend of celebration, fun and music in the Netherlands from Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August.

With over 25 musicians to create music all weekend and a large open jam/collaborative session on Saturday 1st August from 9pm-midnight – this promises to be a carnival of music. The weekend theme is “collaboration” between musicians who have never played together and, of course, audience members, too.

Musicans you may hear over the weekend include XanderNichting Writer, Slim Warrior, Al Hoffman, Inchino Melson, Brad “JooZz” Monnett, Mar Biddle, Russell Eponym, Carah Nitely, Aurora Metaluna, Kaycee Drayman and Wannahave Ferraris, Blindboy Gumbo, Bara Jonson, and many more.

Portions of the ADMIRE event will be streamed into SL and there will be video uplinks, too.
The main SL location is the SLiteracy / PrimTings sims kindly provided by Ina Centaur: exact location is on the La Performance Stage in the sky above the center of the 4 connected sims:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shakespeare/186/28/581

The venue in RL is the Panhoven in Zevenaar, The Netherlands – a camping and hostel-type accomodation. Lots of places for musicians to jam, one big jam in the Conference Hall on the premisses on Saturday August 1, 12pm SLT (9pm local time)

Further info from the notecard givers in second life or from the management team:

Mar Biddle (Venue logistics)

Kaycee Drayman (Music Coordinator)
e-mail: admire@kayceenet.demon.nl; tel. +31 654 616 698

Wannahave Ferris (Local Coordrinator)

EdDereDde Laval (Stream Coordinator)

Inchino Melson (Bookings / PR)
e-mail: inchino@btconnect.com

Slim Warrior (Video Coordinator)

XanderNichting Writer (Sound Coordinator)

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Welcome to Franscharming.com

by on May.16, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

It is about time that I have my own blog and own my content, so here it is. :P

I have just set things up, without much fine tuning yet, that will happen eventually.
I ported all my own Slog posts over to here, so you can find my past virtual world/second life musings in one place.

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How to attach to your points.

by on Mar.12, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

Angrybeth Shortbread, has made some great diagrams about attachment points. It clearly show where they are and can be a great help in getting all your attachments in the right place.



Virtual Neko took this opportunity to at length explain how attachments work, and what you can do to wear all those must have accessories.

“So you bought a cute tail, and when you chose “wear,” it attached (by default) to your stomach. No problem.

Then you bought an amazing accessory belt, but when you chose “wear,” your tail disappeared because the belt also attaches (by default) to your stomach.

Then you tried to wear your skirt prim, and there went the belt… replaced by the skirt, because the skirt also attaches (by default) to your stomach.

With 30 possible attachment points, you’d think getting dressed wouldn’t be so hard…”


Head over to virtual neko if you need help with your attachments, or if you can use a some new tips.

Angrybeth also made a similar diagram for clothing layers.



I expect you all to have perfectly aligned attachments from now on.

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The Future of Virtual World Creation.

by on Mar.05, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

Think of Star Trek TNG’s Holodeck, but re-imagined in the present, now add on to that the creation tools of Second Life. Bruce Branit’s World Builder gives you a vision of what that could be like. It is a stunning short movie, well worth a watch.

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Philip and M at steamy party. [Update]

by on Mar.04, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

Photo by Jeska Linden

Ok ok, it is a Steam Punk party. :P
I know there are some fans groupies of both gentlemen out there, and for them there is this large version you can print out and hang over your bed. Others might enjoy looking for their favorite linden in this set on flickr.

Update 8 March: Jeska removed the red eyes version, and uploaded a red eye free one. :)

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Pictures of Lindens.

by on Feb.23, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

This fun collection of Linden Avatars was brought to my attention on Facebook. Gellan Glenelg has made a 160 pictures and growing, starting from 31 May 2008. That is about 0.6 photos of a Linden a Day. I wonder if Gellan hunts Lindens daily. :p

Which one is your favourite? I like the Which Linden as Bamboo, or is he the pot?

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Save the Hippos! (Update! We made it!)

by on Feb.10, 2009, under Virtual Worlds

Ctrl+Alt+Schift+H used to give us Hippos, but for a while now they have been removed. A petition has started on the Jira to return the Hippos to their rightful place. Soft Linden has promised to Fix this when 1000 people have voted. Vote Now!


Why Hippos? The hippopotamus has long been a kind of unofficial mascot of Second Life. Learn more about it on the wiki. Hippos!


Update: Friday February 13th:

When we posted the original message only 5 days ago, there where only 250 votes.  In just those 5 days 750 people rallied in a show of love for the hippopotamus, which made us reach our goal of 1000 votes. Soft linden has answered, and is at work to make sure the Hippos will come back in to our lives.

This effort might seem whimsical and silly. In some ways it might be, but it is also sign that people don’t want to lose the fun that is or was Second Life. The Hippo as a mascot was a creation by early residents of SL together with Linden Lab. For many people it still stands for the fun, creativity and endless possibilities that is Second Life.

Hamlet wrote about it on his blog as well. He and his commentators make some excellent points about why this was rallied behind so quickly. It basically boils down to this, this was a emotional vote for a feature that is extremely easily implemented and most of all we had the promise of Soft Linden to champion this if we reached a 1000 votes. A feature that can’t break anything and we knew we have the influence to make the difference, made the difference, so to say.

As compared to other feature requests or bug fixes, our votes do matter. It is not that our opinions don’t matter on the other issues, it is just that LL wants those other issues just as much fixed as we do. But those issues are complex and take  a lot of work, our votes can at most only give a indication of what needs to worked on first. This is radicaly different for our Hippos.

Long live the Hippopatamus!



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Physical Virtuality – The Machinima.

by on Nov.10, 2008, under Virtual Worlds

Chantal Harvey produced a short machinima: Physical Virtuality ‘What’s the weight of an avatar?”. It gives a impression of the inworld experience of the mixed reality event of the same name that happened past Nov 1st.

I volunteered on the RL side an commented the following earlier on hamlet’s blogs about it:


“A lot of the public was still uncomfortable with virtual worlds and where surprised that people from around the globe would login and stand on a virtual see-saw with them. We had a lot if fun explaining, playing with them and in and introducing people to SL in this manner.

We have talked about how things could be improved, I think more modes of interactivity/communication would improve the experience. The 20 second video delay makes it disjointed experience.”

The whole experience has me thinking about fun SL<->RL interfaces, you could do things with lights, wind, sounds, etc. But what I’m more curious about is what kind of mixed reality contraptions would you like to play with? Share your serious or wacky ideas, and it might end up being developed.
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Reopening American Cancer Society Island- November 2nd

by on Nov.02, 2008, under Virtual Worlds

Picture of a mosiac of the American Cancer Society Logo

The American Cancer Society announces the grand re-opening of the newly re-designed island in the virtual world, on Sunday November 2, 2008.
For several years, the American Cancer Society has existed in Second Life through its volunteers, Relay For Life event, and an island that served as a central meeting place for volunteers and avatars, of those who are affected by cancer.
Over the last several months, the island has been completely redesigned to meet the growing needs of cancer patients and American Cancer Society volunteers in Second Life. In 2008, the Relay For Life of Second Life volunteers raised over $200,000 USD which  cumulated with an event that was attended by more than 2,000 avatars on 35 sims.
The new American Cancer Society Island in Second Life will feature a “Hope Haven,” a place where the cancer survivor support group can meet regularly and in private so they can share intimate information with each other to help cope with diagnoses and treatment, as well as provide comfort and support for one another.
The new Island will also feature a 4-story, two-tiered office building that will be dedicated to Relay For Life volunteers.  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer volunteers, Island Greeter volunteers, and an Information Library. American Cancer Society pamphlets and brochures will provide information related to cancer prevention, treatment options, support and information will be available in the Information Library, as well as informative videos about the history of the American Cancer Society, cancer information, patient support programs, and Relay For Life information.
Visitors will arrive at the island at the Welcome Center, where a volunteer will be available at all times to greet and provide direction and/or information. The island will also feature a Memorial Garden to remember loved ones lost, 2 amphitheaters for large meetings, several smaller outdoor meeting areas, and a medium sized office space in a separate building.
 
Events will begin at 9.30am SLT with an opening ceremony scheduled to begin at 10am SLT, from 9.30 on visitors will be entertained by the lively DJs at T1 Radio while wandering tours take place. There will be greeters stationed around the island to direct and answer any questions and explain the area visitors find themselves in.
At 10.00am SLT opening comments and thank yous will take place hosted by Stingray9798 Raymaker in the Southeast Amphitheatre.
11am  will see the Survivors’ Makeover/Fashion Show sponsored and supported by FACES with Cinders Vale, Poppy Zabelin and Serendipity Nerd followed by a closing speech from Stingray9798 Raymaker.
The objective of the new design has been to provide visitors with a breathtaking view, peaceful atmosphere, and a comfortable place for volunteers and those seeking information to return as often as they like. “The American Cancer Society plans to utilize the virtual office no differently (in concept) than any other office in any other city,” says Jeffrey Montegut, the American Cancer Society’s Second Life Manager.  ”The same services that are offered in a real life office should be available to the Second Life community, because there are real people facing real issues behind each and every avatar. The American Cancer Society recognizes that, and fully supports our volunteers in Second Life.”
Schedule of events: (times maybe subject to change)
Sunday 10/5/08
Open @ 9:30 AM SLT  
Ceremony @ 10:00 AM SLT
9:30 AM SLT  Wandering Tour (30 minutes) – T1 Radio Streams Music
10:00 AM SLT Southeast Amphitheater – Stingray9798 Raymaker
10:15 AM SLT  - Video stream of American Cancer Society-funded researcher
10:30 AM SLT  Wandering Tour Break (30 minutes)  - – T1 Radio Streams Music
11:00 AM SLT Survivors’ Makeover/Fashion Show 
11:30 AM SLT Future Plans/Closing – - Stingray9798 Raymaker
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