Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2017 EDU: VID: CNDG’s virtual chemistry labs at Florida State University

CNDG’s virtual chemistry labs 
at Florida State University
Education in virtual worlds is growing.  Here is another example, a chemistry lab course.  No risk, no fumes, no space.  What university would not think about using this?  With links to many other educational uses in virtual worlds.

Dr Bill Prensky, CEO of CNDG, introduces Dr Stephanie Dillon, Director of Freshman Chemistry Laboratories at Florida State University. Dr Dillon and her students discuss the advantages of learning using a virtual environment. Filmed on location at CNDG’s virtual campus.

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Strambotto Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 1/17, 7pm SLT


This week the Short Poetry Workshop presents the Strambotto, a medieval Italian poetry form with 8 lyrical lines, often written about love. There are multiple variations of the form with different rhyme schemes, so come join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share your Stambotto.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

2016 HELP: OSHG: Kitely now fills the search panels on the viewer. Events, places, and classifieds benefit

Kitely now fills the search panels on the viewer.   
Events, places, and classifieds benefit 
Search for people, groups. places, events, and classifieds in Kitely.  The same panels we are used to using in the old grid.  When we came to OpenSim, we found that those panels gave no information.  Now they do on Kitely and maybe on other grids.  Product differentiation.
The events panel in Kitely search
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  • Search for People, Groups, Places, Events and Classifieds
  • Kitely adds another service we have come to expect from the older grid.
  • Check your entries: Things found in search may need extra information.
  • Only the events list is well populated at the beginning.
  • But the others will be as we have time to update them.
  • For now, "Any category" may be a good strategy for searching.
  • Know of other grids with search to fill the search panels?
  • Please mention them in the comments.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 OSHG: Demand and the forking of virtual world uses. Ann Tree Prenyour comments

Demand and the forking of virtual world uses.  
Ann Tree Prenyour comments
The forking of virtual world uses opens up a great vista of opportunities for entrepreneurs.  Ann and Selby discuss some upcoming forks and a few possibilities they offer.  

Ann Tree Prenyour*:  Software developers pay attention to forking software.  My people pay attention to forking demand.  Sometimes forking demand stimulates forking software.
*Ann Tree Prenyour is one of the people in my head--Selby..  

Selby:  What is interesting about forking demand?

Ann:  It creates opportunities for new businesses.  We are always interested in the road less travelled.  And a demand fork is bound to lead to at least one of those.  In this case, virtual worlds are splitting into at least a three-pronged fork.  That's high tech, middle tech, and browser tech.  And that matches a pyramid of demand.

Selby:  After the break, Ann will explain the point of the pyramid of demand.  
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 PEOPLE: ART: OSCC16 - Hypergrid Safari Highlights: Video

OSCC16 - Hypergrid Safari Highlights
OpenSimulator Community Conference 16 (oscc16) was the occasion for a special 2-tour version of the HG Safari.  Here is a video showing highlights of a tour.

Art

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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016 WRITE: BLOG: PROMO: Give your blog article a search description, teaser, or other short promotion

Give your blog article  a search description, 
teaser, or other short promo
You can put a promo on your blog article.  Some blog hosts will ask for it as a search description (Blogger) that will show up in search.  Others may not, but you can still put the promo as the first paragraph of your article. (I do both.)  Aim the promo at people who were interested by the title and are wondering whether they want to read more. 
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  • Tell them why they want to read more: 
  • Mention valuable content, present important questions the article will answer, pique the curiosity the article will satisfy.  
  • And use the most important keywords for the article.  
  • That blurb may get picked up elsewhere.  
  • And wherever it goes, it will spread those keywords.  
  • You can use it along with the links you use to promote the article.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 EDU: PEOPLE: Why high schools teach tolerance for boredom and what they can do about it.

Why high schools have to teach tolerance for boredom
and what they can do about it. 
Students differ in the speed of their learning.  The mass production model for learning model requires that the everyone in the class proceed at the same rate.  If  you can tolerate no more than 20% failures, 80% of the class will be able to learn faster than the class can go and so have spare time in class. That 80% will spend part of the class practicing tolerance for boredom.   

  • Yes, but when we catch them, we put them in the gifted class.
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  • So you penalized the fast learners by making them learn more.  
  • You don't realize that the fast learners will catch on fast?
  • Tolerate boredom or do a lot of extra work for nothing.  
  • How long do you think it takes the fast learners to catch on to that?
  • Yeah, this is autobiographical.
  • About  education
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Take Five Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 1/10, 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

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Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 HELP: Phantoms are good for your virtual world. Lagbusters

Phantoms are good for your virtual world, 
Lagbusters
Lag on a sim in a virtual world can result from the load on your server.  You can reduce sim load by making all objects phantom unless they need to be solid. Here are some tips on keeping the phantoms around your sim.
This object is phantom
  • Phantom objects look solid and they will notice a click if they are scripted.
  • But avatars can walk right through them. 
  • You can make an object phantom by editing it, as in the Firestorm edit panel above.
  • Open the object panel and check the Phantom box.
  • In Firestorm, you can make phantom the default when you create things.
  • The server has to take time to handle every collision.  
  • Nothing collides with a phantom, so lower lag.  
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 PROMO: BIZ: BishBox - December 2016 - Unboxing Video - Second Life Subscription Box: aggegator

BishBox - December 2016 - Unboxing Video 
This video is about fashion, marketing, and aggregating.  The part about marketing and aggregating is well worth studying, even if you don't do fashion.  But this is not another lesson video that tells you you how to market.  This one shows you how to market. 

BishBox is a monthly subscription box for the wild and crazy grrrls of Second Life. Each month you’ll receive 15 high quality items from SL’s top designers – straight to your inventory.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 OSHG: TECH: cybaLOUNGE: A Virtual World in your Browser by Edward Tarber

cybaLOUNGE:  A Virtual World in your Browser 
by Edward Tarber
Invited article by Edward Tarber reporting on the development of his browser-based virtual world.  This development may lead to greatly improved access to virtual worlds.
A meeting in cybaLOUNGE

Vision

To create a 3D browser-based virtual world platform consisting of backend software and a viewer, which can be easily accessed and be used to host virtual worlds for:
  • Leisure / Entertainment
  • Social Communities
  • Education / Teaching / Learning
  • Collaboration / Workspaces
  • Marketing Products and Services

Cybalounge as entry to virtual worlds

  • Cybalounge does not have to offer the experience we can get with a viewer.
  • It can sell virtual worlds if it can offer just a sample of that experience.  
  • A sample could be enough to tell people why they want to install a viewer.
  • Maybe it could open to some OpenSim places browser-friendly protocols.
  • An upcoming version of Halcyon will use browser-friendly protocols.

Background


Demos

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