Friday, April 28, 2017

Film Noir

       Two destinations that delight this week. Grid addresses at the end of the post as usual.
        If you have not visited Avacon Grid yet, put it on your 'Must See' list.

         Not only is Avacon closely associated with the organization and prep work that goes into the annual Opensim Community Convention (held over on OSCC Grid), it is also home to some interesting regions, including the Building Tutorial region Primland, you may remember it being originally on Fleep Grid; some nice work-in-progress Library regions belonging to Rockcliffe University, and of course Nebadon Izumi's regions bursting with interesting free stuff, called Oni Kenkon Creations.

          But for our purpose, the conference hall on Avacon Plaza, the grid's Welcome sim, was our destination.    Our reason to visit the grid was to hear a presentation by Marcus Llewellyn about streaming and filming inworld, using opensource tools.
          Roughly twenty of us attended,  from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Sweden, Spain and of course the US and Canada. The event was in Voice, which I know can be a bit of a downer to anyone not of the English persuasion, after dinner on a weekday, but Marcus did a great job in keeping things easy to understand for the non native speaker. And there was so much information packed into his fifty or so minute presentation, the time flew by and this useful slides made it easy to follow.
         So much to learn about useful tools, and how to avoid those silly beginner's mistakes that can mess up a live streamed event. And best of all, the focus was on free opensource tools... what's not to love!?
Marcus Llewellyn
               Marcus discovered SL very early on, but demurred to the idea of having to hand over credit card details to be part of the game. He finally joined in 2007, and not long after that, of course, third party viewers became all the rage. On seeing them, it occurred to him to wonder - if someone is making their own viewer, might they not also be people out there making their own grids? That's how he discovered OSgrid, got involved in all kinds of creativity, including Blender... and the rest is history.
          Marcus is the guy behind the camera on countless videos of the OSCC, and tutorials that can be found on Avacon's Youtube page  and that is where you can watch the video of our visit!
         

         Later, after the presentation, Avacon Veep Joyce Bettencourt explained to us the evolution of AvaCon, the grid that puts free open source tools front-and-enter, promotes the metaverse, and lures scientists and educators, adults an students, into the wonderful world of Virtual.
AvaCon Co-founder Joyce Bettencourt

Sunbeam Magic: I better find my sunglasses, the FUTURE for Avacon is looking so bright!!

       Second stop. a party to remember our friend, mentor, and one of the original 4 founding members of Craft Grid, Lumiere Noir.

              We met on a region called The Caravan in the base of an Ivory Tower that also seems to be a huge tent, or even a genie's bottle, depending on how the light catches this extraordinary construction.
Tosha Tyran
             Lumiere's partner, Tosha Tyran, a fine builder in her own right, with such acclaimed installations as the Hopi Indian village, the new Craft shop on Park Plaza, her refugee-themed build Far Away, and countless fun accessories. while Eva and DJ Fire kept the party revved up.

         It was a chance to think about how important it is to give back to the community we live in. Sometimes just a kind word, or a helpful hint is all that is needed to make the difference to another person's virtual experience. Sometimes it can be by sharing our projects, so that we can inspire and encourage other builders or teachers to do the same. For a person like Lumiere Noir, sharing what he knew in a humble, humorous way, came as second nature, and his Ivory Tower of Knowledge remains a cherished asset for countless builders.
Arielle Delamerlibre: Lumiere has also a great meaning in my second life, I never talked to him, . but ever learned
Cherry Manga: Thank you for keeping Lumi's spirit alive, Crafters
     Dozens showed up to enjoy the lights and the music, and to pay their respects to our dear friend. His life-affirming spirit and his love of all things witty, pretty, and imaginative will never be forgotten!

HG Addresses

Avacon Conference Hall grid.avacon.org:8002:avacon plaza 


Lumiere Noir Event craft-world.org:8002:the caravan


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Safari Goes Down Under

               Three stops this week, with the added bonus of some teleport hullabaloo. Addresses to our three destinations - all impressive grids and regions worth your time - at the end of the post.
Camping on the beach in Australia

                We gathered, as usual, at the Safari Clubhouse on Francogrid, on a region called hgsafari so reasonably easy to find. This week had an Australian emphasis, and although our first stop was not on that continent, our second destination host managed to be with us from the start, pretty impressive since he lives on the other side of the world where the Safari starts at about 6 am, not 9 pm as it is for those of us in Europe. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Walk-through Safari

             Each Safari trip lasts about three hours. Sometimes, that's divided into three one-hour visits, and sometimes into two ninety minute encounters. This week was of the ninety-minute-times-two variety, and for good reason! Our destinations were on OSgrid, Metropolis and Mobius grids (huh? three grids for two destinations? You'll see.) and all the HG Addresses are at the end of the post, as usual.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Safari goes from the Foxx to the Absurdists

"In the simplest terms, Absurdism is the belief that universe is 
too vast and unknowable for for human beings to ever know anything for certain. 
Because of that, we do not possess the ability to say or know for certain 
what, if anything, has meaning of value objectively. 
This causes us to comprehend the absurd nature of our existence: 
we cannot exist without meaning but we are incapable of determining meaning."

The Absurdists were Post WWII writers, like Albert Camus, who you perhaps haven't heard of, or like the book Catch 22, which you have heard of. So now you've Googled that, you'll agree that nothing really fits the hypergrid paradigm better than 'you have to be crazy to work here'. Yesterday proved we're crazy like a fox, in this case, Foxx Bode.

The planned destination was on Foxx's Red Dragon Club X, built when Foxx first discovered opensim back in the year dot. Sadly, this didn't work out, so we decamped to the Safari clubhouse on Teravus Plaza. But do take the time to go and see Foxx's historic OSgrid build, HG Addresses are at the bottom of this post, as usual.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Safari goes Dutch

        It's a small country with a lots of names, and loads of personality. Whether you like to call their home Holland, the Netherlands, or the Low Countries, the Dutch contingent in opensim is large, active, and innovative! The Safari group got to see three different aspects of Dutch culture this week, all the destinations are open to the public, and listed at the end of this post, if you want to experience them for yourself.

            Utrecht Citycenter is a region on OSGrid built by Avia Bonne. The region is on land owned by Mark aka Repudiator Quann, one of the smart and generous people who have regions attached to OSGrid and allow others to get a parcel or even a whole sim in exchange for small donations used to help cover expenses.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The House in SL

The new Safari house in SL will be holding the first in a series of events on March 25, at 12.00 SLT
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sistiana/106/81/25


Back in September 2014, The Safari was lucky enough to be given some space on sim Sisitiana, in SL.
The 2014 Safari Embassy on Sistiana
 The beautiful sim is the home of John 'Pathfinder' Lester.

Safarina Wizard Gynoid immediately took in hand the space and put up a building, very much like an ancient church in the gothic style.

We held a party there in October 2014, with a crowd of bi-virtuals, or should that be multi-virtuals. It was a way to remind all of the symbiotic relationship between SL and the opensim worlds.

Inside there were some posters and information about opensim, including a link at the now famous video that shows the hypergrid jump by some of the Linden team to an IBM owned region in opensim... this video

Time went by, Wizard became busy with other projects and relinquished the land to me, and last November, I began rebuilding and rethinking the space.

As you can see, the classic look of the region has not changed, but the style of the new building is rather different. it's divided into 3 floors. The ground floor is all about general information on how to find people in opensim, how to get help, and some tips and tricks - from things like 'What is an .oar' to 'How come people friend me so fast in opensim'.

The middle floor is dedicated to specific information about grids. Click on the posters and get a notecard that tells you something about the size, location, prices, and ideology of each one. The central display gives you an idea of how the grids are distributed around the world, and shows - just for illustrative purposes - the names of about 200 grids that are hg friendly. Wow - 200, that's a lot!
A separate space called the 'school room'  will house some information about educational builds - everything from university grids to privately run sims with a didactic twist, like Graham Mill's Micrographia.


The top floor is for social events. While it's not my intention to have a lot of events in SL, it's nice to think we have a place where experienced opensimmers can share their experiences with people a bit shy about taking the plunge. And dance a bit too. The events here will not be SL-bashing, but will hopefully dispel some of the myths and misinformation out there.

This build has a strong not-for-profit bias. It celebrates the generosity of opensim, not the people trying to make a fast buck out of it. The idea that we can all give something back to the opensim community is paramount - because those are the kind of people I hope will join us.  Finding your way around opensim can be a huge challenge to new people. I say this - if someone showed you kindness in opensim, then please, pay it forward by helping someone new.  And if you're not fond of newbies, just consider this, if you help them, it is also a way you can help put the rip-off merchants out of business.

It makes no absurdly self-aggrandizing claim to being the official home of Opensim in SL - nobody can speak for the massive variety of worlds, with all their fiercely individual ideas and aims. However, I'm proud to say that people from some 50 different grids have contributed to the build.
Many have provided posters and notecards, advice, moral and practical support, and some have given a few Lindens to help with the upload costs. Thank you all!

Safari gets Picture Perfect

Two stops this week, on Francogrid and then on OSGrid.
Find the HG Addresses at the end of the post, and add your photos of the destinations to our groups in G+ and Facebook, if you'd like! HG Addresses as aways at the end of the post.

First, to Parcdesarts, a region of Francogrid. Paintings and other 2D art is surprisingly difficult to show well in virtual worlds.  But Katia Parcdesarts has achieved something special here.

The landscape suggests an airy oceanside estate, without too many trees or water features to distract from the principal attraction, the galleries, which, even though each represents a very different style of architecture, all come together in a harmonious patchwork.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Safari Samples the Write Stuff

          Yesterday, we answered two questions about Opensim with one big party. Firstly, what is the most popular publication in the Hyperverse? and secondly, is opensim really 'empty'?
          The answers are 1. HG Visionz magazine, and 2, Opensim empty? No way!!

          There are quite a few competing events on Wednesday evening, European time . There's a DJ dance party at Event Plaza, OSGrid, there's the traditional-back-to-the-dawn-of-opensim party hosted by Samira Samtanko on DeReOs, there's the midweek meeting on Metropolis, and a bunch of other music and social events, you need look no further than the  Events Tab on opensimworld.com or go to hypevents.net to see what's going on.  Why mention all these 'rivals' to the weekly Safari trip? Because an astounding 43 avatars gathered on 3rdlifegrid to wish HG Visionz a happy second anniversary.

Better Places

Stop me if you've heard this one.
Person A tells Person B about a great deal, or scheme, they're working on.
Person B gets excited, and tells their friend, Person C, all about it.
Person C invests.