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Clamavi De Profundis – Tolkien Poems

Clamavi De Profundis is a family that loves to sing together and record inspiring and uplifting music. Their music is influenced by classical and fantasy literature as well as cinematic, traditional, religious, and classical music. In particular they have created … Continue reading

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Internet Shopping circa 1995 – Comments to the Press

I was amused to come across a press clipping of a 1995 article in the Edinburgh Evening News (“Keying in a spot of lunch” by Lindsay Reid, Evening News, 29th April 1995) in which I am quoted with several comments … Continue reading

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WordPress Blog Export and Import

I have been experimenting with export and reimport of WordPress blog posts and media content. If the Dashboard -> Tools -> Export (or under Dashboard -> Settings -> Export) was used to export “All” content and then the new destination … Continue reading

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glTF

Robert Adams (Misterblue) has created the “Convoar” tool to convert OpenSim OAR files into glTF (GL Transmission Format). The following blog post goes into more detail. http://blog.misterblue.com/2018/2018-07-01-Convoar-and-Converting-OARS Robert explained to me that Convoar grew out of his personal project on … Continue reading

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Elf Clan

Elf Clan is one of the oldest and largest virtual world fantasy role play groups. It has held lands in Second Life and various OpenSim grids. Its most recent home is on OSGrid but with affiliated Elf-themed regions on any … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Load Test – 7 Sept 2018

A load test of the High Fidelity virtual world platform took place on 7th September 2018 and at least 356 avatars were in world in the same location at peak. A lot of different tests and exercises were run, including … Continue reading

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Sintel Resources

This page acts as a resource for the Blender Durian Open Source Movie Sintel Project and its Sintel character 3D models and avatars. More details at http://sintel.org Sintel Movie Download Sintel Avatar from http://u3d.at.ua/ by SaNEk (where you need to … Continue reading

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Pisten Bully 3D Models

Kässbohrer Pisten Bully Models imported via Unity3D and into a range of environments… Original Models via 3DWarehouse.sketchup.com Pisten Bully 100 via 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com by Tomme123456789 Pisten Bully 300 via 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com by Digital Impressions

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Fallingwater

Fallingwater in southwestern Pennsylvania is a vacation home designed in 1935 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and often thought to be one of the finest buildings of the 20th Century. A lovely 3D openly accessible and modifiable model of the … Continue reading

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OpenSim Castle Cathedral Interior

The Epic Castle region in OpemSim (as described in this blog post) has interiors for some of the buildings created by Leora Jacobus. the cathedral includes an animated pipe organ and other interesting elements.

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Second Life Crystal Fortress

The Crystal Fortress is a gift provided in 2018 to avatars with premium subscriptions to Second Life. It provided a skybox for a 1024sq.m. plot that could be rezzed and placed at any height, interior furniture and a teleportation system … Continue reading

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Pontefract Liquorice Festival 2018

Pontefract is a market town in West Yorkshire which was recorded in the Magna Carta in 1217. It sits within the Rhubarb Triangle and is well known for the manufacture of Liquorice and Pontefract Cakes (Pomfret Cakes). It holds an … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Load Test – 6 July 2018

A load test of the High Fidelity virtual world platform took place on 6th July 2018 and over 200 avatars were in world in the same location at peak.

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Kässbohrer Pisten Bully Online Training

The Pisten Bully range of snow cats and ski piste grooming machines is manufactured by Kässbohrer in Germany. They have a driver and technician training academy which also includes online training courses for beginners and those interested in Pisten Bully … Continue reading

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Moving Content between Virtual Worlds

This article is published as: Tate, A. (2018) Moving Content from Second Life/OpenSimulator via Unity3D to new Social Virtual Reality Platforms, Virtual Education Journal (VEJ), Summer 2018, Special Issue on “What if…”, pp.30-35, (ed. Roseanne Vojtek). Published by Edovation. [Online … Continue reading

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Seven Dales Heritage Run 2018

The De Lacy Motor Club (D.L.M.C) in Yorkshire has been running rallies, car trials and driving tests for over 50 years as noted in my previous blog post. My wife Margaret and myself joined some other family members and entered … Continue reading

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GDPR for Vue

Vue is a virtual educational and research institute bringing together all those interested in the use of virtual worlds for teaching, research and outreach related to the University of Edinburgh. The Vue web site is at http://vue.ed.ac.uk. More information on … Continue reading

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Virtual Worlds Technology for University of Edinburgh

Vue is a virtual educational and research institute bringing together all those interested in the use of virtual worlds for teaching, research and outreach related to the University of Edinburgh. This post summarises some of the virtual worlds technology that … Continue reading

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Orcrist

Orcrist is an elf created sword found during the journey of Thoren Oakenshield, a dwarf, in Middle Earth… and features in the Hobbit movies. I handled the Orcrist prop used for the movie while on a visit to Weta Workshop … Continue reading

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Sansar Sit

At long last avatars can be made to sit down in Sansar… see this blog post for details. Currently just cross-legged on the ground. Sitting can be initiated using “/sit” typed into local chat tool in desktop mode. A very … Continue reading

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Somnium Space

Somnium Space (“Dream” or “Fantasy” from the Latin “somnus” for “sleep”) is a new virtual world from developers in Berlin aimed at virtual reality headsets.

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Bank of High Fidelity

High Fidelity now has a cryptocurrency “Wallet” in which High Fidelity Coins” can be deposited, paid out and transferred to other avatars. To seed the currency early alpha tester users can obtain a starter amount of coins by visiting the … Continue reading

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Second Life – Isle of May

The “Isle of May” created by Serene Footman and Jade Koltai is on the “Weed” region in Second Life and can be accessed via this SLurl: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Weed/100/102/41 Anchored on the Firth of Forth in Scotland, the Isle of May is … Continue reading

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Magic Leap – First Leap

Magic Leap opened its web site for creators on 18th March 2018. This blog post brings together some resources, links and screenshots from a first “leap”… Magic Leap Creator Portal Unity integration with Magic Leap Following the Magic Leap tutorial … Continue reading

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Sansar – Space Experiences

Linden Lab’s Sansar has two featured experiences related to the Apollo Moon Missions.. Apollo 11 – Sea of Tranquility (note spelling variant with a single “l”) NASA Apollo Museum Some free space suits are available to customise your avatar (need … Continue reading

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Pandora in the Real World

Pandora now exists “for real” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom… and you can travel there with Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE)… It looks like two people came with Alpha Centuari Expeditions (ACE) to visit from Earth… See also Pandora in the Virtual … Continue reading

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Pandora in the Virtual World

I have blogged before about the Pegase region for the Pandora Universe group in Second Life which offers role play based on the “Avatar” film directed by James Cameron and based on Pandora, a moon of Alpha Centauri. Pegase – … Continue reading

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openvce.net on web.archive.org

The OpenVCE.net (http://openvce.net) web site used Drupal for its content.  The underlying data base was turned off for security in 2017. Some pages archived by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and web archiving sites may be used to recover some content … Continue reading

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Early Drag Racing in UK

This post brings together some early scrapbook material about my involvement and that of my brother Jon with the early development of drag racing in the UK. I was prompted to bring this material together and scan some early press … Continue reading

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Ruth 2.0

Ruth 2.0 and Roth 2.0 are low-poly mesh avatar bodies, specifically designed for Opensimulator. They are built to use standard SL UV maps using scratch-built open source mesh bodies by Shin Ingen with other open source contributions from the OpenSimulator … Continue reading

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