Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 WRITE: Black Friday will be Tuesday, July 11, this year. And Bob keeps up with the times

Black Friday will be Tuesday, July 11, this year.  
And Bob keeps up with the times
I do a little comedy at Lauren's place on Wednesday nights.  And I meet with the Hypergrid Writer's Colony every Monday night.  So I thought to do a little on the overlap.  Here is a humorous article that I presented at Lauren's place and will present as my current work at a meeting of the Hypergrid Writer's Colony.  
  

Writers meet at Nara's nook

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    Fibonacci Short Poetry Workshop-Tue 8/15, 7pm SLT

    This week the Short Poetry Workshop presents the Fibonacci form, which uses the Fibonacci number sequence as the format. There are lots of variations to experiment with so join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share your Fibs. East Cookie, Cookie (185, 121, 23)
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      Monday, August 14, 2017

      2017 IMA: A virtual world on your laptop. DreamWorld, wants to be the installer for the rest of us

      A virtual world on your laptop.  
      DreamWorld wants to be the installer for the rest of us
      Dreamword brings your personal OpenSimulator grid much closer to feasible, but it still takes some geekery.
      "The Outworldz DreamWorld is a free, pre-packaged Windows-compatible virtual reality OpenSimulator system that is easy to install, easy to run, and easy to use. It is free and is open source."
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        Sunday, August 13, 2017

        2017 WW: IMA: PROMO: IMA web-world gives a sample of virtual worlds. Join a meeting, talk to live people from the other side.

        IMA web-world: a sample of virtual worlds. 
        Join a meeting, talk to live people from the other side.
        Infinite Metaverse Alliance has begun to develop a small 3D world (a web-world) that runs in a browser.  It is only a sample of what can be done in bigger 3D virtual worlds, but they require you to install a viewer.  This sample lets you see what a virtual world is like and to talk to some of the real people who populate the virtual worlds.  Here we introduce the beta version.
        IMA web-world, 
        beginner's instructions
        • IMA web-world
        • To Begin: Click on the image to begin MOUSELOOK (Accept permissions if asked).
        • To exit MouseLook Press escape.
        • Mouselook is first person, as if you are looking through your own eyes.
        • To Walk: Keys WASD to move Forward, Back, Left and Right.
        • To Change Direction: Move your mouse in the direction you wish to go.
        • To Fly Up: Keys Q or E.
        • To Fly Down: Keys Z or C
        • Note: some choices are forced because the page is embedded in the browser.

        Milestones

        • The cabin was imported from OpenSimulator. 
        • That shows that we can build web-worlds from OS resources.
        • Voice was adequate to handle a meeting of a least 10 people.

        Come in, we are expecting you

        • This web world will probably be occupied when IMA holds meetings.
        • IMA has scheduled meetings at 1:30 California time on Wednesdays and Fridays.
        • I expect to be at most of those meetings and I will be in this IMA web-world also.
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          Saturday, August 12, 2017

          2017 WEB-WORLDS: Cybalounge building: Coloring inside the prim lines

          Cybalounge building: 
          Coloring inside the prim lines
          How to color your prims in Cybalounge.
          Coloring a prim 
          Click to enlarge

          Building in Cybalounge

          Tutorials on building in Cybalounge

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            Friday, August 11, 2017

            2017 PEOPLE: VIDEO: Dancing in OpenSim: Osgrid and Zangid. Okay, we do party a lot.

            Dancing in OpenSim.  Okay, we do party a lot.  
            Videos made at dances in OpenSim.  A wizard, a cool cat, and some cowboys at a barn dance.  

            You would think all we do in OpenSim is dance. Of course, when our avatars do the dancing we don't get tired. But here I singled out a wizard and a cool cat to show how we dance in virtual worlds.

            Musical performer: Singer Girl 
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              Tuesday, August 8, 2017

              2017 IMA: HELP: HG: OS 0.9.x may be close to release. It won't automatically mess up your mesh

              2017  IMA:  HELP: HG: OS 0.9.x may near release.  
              It won't automatically mess up your mesh
              A summary of the information I have gathered from discussions about the effect of ubODE on mesh objects, with excerpts from the original sources.
              • Yes, ubODE may "break" a lot of mesh objects.
              • But the default physics engine for 0.9.x is BulletSim.
              • The ubODE engine is optional.  If you are concerned about mesh, don't use it.
              • The concrete meaning of breaking mesh is either:
              • Objects that need act like solids (floors and walls) are phantom.
              • OR: Objects that are supposed to be solid get an invisible hull around them.
              • Technically the hull is called a convex hull, but it is like the hull of a pecan.
              • You can't walk through doors or may walk well above the visible surface.
              • If your mesh objects are okay phantom, you won't care.
              • Kitely will probably convert any problem object to phantom.  
              • Some other grids may do that too.
              • The real problem is that the mesh objects were incorrectly uploaded.

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                Tritina Short Poetry Workshop-Tue, 8/8, 7pm SLT


                This week the Short Poetry Workshop presents the Tritina, which is a 10 line form with a pattern of repeating words and is similar to the Sestina. So join us at the Short Poetry Library to learn, write and share your Tritina. East Cookie, Cookie (185, 121, 23)
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                  Monday, August 7, 2017

                  2017 WW: EDU: Demo web-world for education and presentations

                  Demo web-world for education and presentations
                  A hypertext presentation setup is displayed in my nonprofit web-world.  It is a web-walk, a little like power-point, but instead of bullet points, I use web pages arranged as a walkway.  As a presentation, I would walk along and offer integrating comments about each panel.  People can click on a panel and read the detail.  I don't have to talk much and that leaves more time for questions.
                   Selby's web-world in development
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                  • The presentation offers instruction on how to build a web-world in Cybalounge.
                  • It is incomplete, but can show how to offer instruction in a web-world.
                  • There is also enough for preliminary development of a custom web-world. 

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                    Sunday, August 6, 2017

                    2016 WRITE: Writers of the Hypergrid. Creative Collaboration.

                    Writers of the Hypergrid. 
                    Creative collaboration
                    People with common interests can work together in virtual worlds.  With a little imagination, it is like a face-to-face meeting.  And writers have more than a little imagination.  I suggest forming a creative writing group in a web-world.   The initial activity of this group might be a regular meeting in which we do cold reads of dialogs written by members of the writers community.

                    How can writers get together? 

                    A short story as a writing exercise

                    The writers group at Nara's Nook (in OpenSIm) has started a learning and production project using the guide book "The 90-day novel," by Alan Watt".  To contribute to the project without spending the time on a novel, I wrote a short story or small play using some of the guidance from the book.

                    Web-Worlds developing


                    Drop in on my web-world



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                    • I host a meeting in this world every weekday at 10-10:30 am California time.
                    • I expect to be there almost every day.  Others will may be there also.
                    • If there are people there, we may stay past 10:30.
                    • We will talk in voice and anyone is welcome to drop in.  
                    • No registration is required -- just pick an avatar
                    • give the name you want use, and click enter.
                    • If you don't see the enter button at the bottom of your screen, 
                    • go to full screen or shrink the size of your display.
                    • To shrink the display in Chrome:
                    • click the column of dots, upper right, and use the zoom controls.

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