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Cool VL Viewer – Resources

This blog post is to provide resources and access links for the Cool VL Viewer for Second Life and OpenSim. The latest version is “Cool VL Viewer v1.26.24.1, 64 bits, Nov 23 2019 09:42:01” and supports Bakes on Mesh (BoM). … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Institute

CISA changed its name on 1st December 2019. This is a draft of a web page that will appear on the new Institute’s web pages with some background. Feedback to a.tate@ed.ac.uk appreciated. Artificial Intelligence work at Edinburgh can trace its … Continue reading

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OpenSim 0.9.1.0

OpenSimulator 0.9.1.0 Snail ** is now formally released as the latest stable version of the open source virtual world platform. See http://opensimulator.org/ OSGrid Dev Outreach – Ubit and Ai – All the work down to Ubit – Halloween is Coming … Continue reading

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Ruth2 and Roth2 Statistics

Ruth2 and Roth2 are low-poly mesh avatar bodies, specifically designed for Opensimulator and second Life. They are built to use standard Second Life UV maps using scratch-built open source mesh bodies by Shin Ingen with other open source contributions from … Continue reading

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NASA Artemis 3D Mosaic Sculpture

https://www.nasa.gov/artemis/Be_a_part_of_the_Artemis_Generation The NASA Artemis Program will see humanity live sustainably and work on the Moon. To celebrate, NASA will feature images/selfies from people across the world on a 3D mosaic sculpture representing their future plans. The images will be colour-matched, … Continue reading

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Halloween in Second Life 2019

Halloween has arrived on the houseboat on the Bellisseria continent in Second Life (Ai Pad) courtesy of some Halloween decorations, pumpkins and light sets provided by Linden Lab.

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OpenStorm – Resources

Update: 15-Jan-2020 – OpenStorm has not been made available in binary form for some time and it was last updated on GitHub back in November 2019. OpenStorm should not be used as it does not have necessary Bakes on Mesh … Continue reading

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OpenSim Statistics

There has been a question** on how many OpenSim users use various virtual world viewers that are OpenSim compatible, like Firestorm, Singularity, Alchemy, Radegast, etc. For Second Life, user statistics and viewer usage is collected via Linden Lab. But for … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR 6.2.4

Update: 28-Nov-2019: Peter Kappler now has a home page for Firestorm VR Mod at https://gsgrid.de/firestorm-vr-mod/ – go there for the latest version and information. The version of the Firestorm viewer on which the latest Firestorm VR Mod 6.3.3.58049 is based … Continue reading

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Sansar with Avatar 2.0

Linden Lab updated Sansar to use a new richer avatar skeleton referred to as “Avatar 2.0”. Sansar.com Website Sansar YouTube Channel Twitter Feed – @SansarOfficial Quests and Tutorials

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Ai Austin Mk 2

A bit of a refresh of the Ai Austin avatar which I have been using in Second Life and OpenSim since 2006… Ai Austin Mk. 1 Ai’s original skin was a gift back in 2006 from a fellow educator who … Continue reading

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Pangea Roleplay on OpenSim Metropolis Grid

I have blogged before about 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 and the Na’vi that inhabit the … Continue reading

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Bakes on Mesh – Resources

This is a blog post to collect together resources related to the Bakes on Mesh [BoM] feature for Second Life and OpenSim. Bakes on Mesh facilities allow mesh avatars to be used with standard avatar skins, tattoos, alpha masks and … Continue reading

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Bakes on Mesh – Early Days

Update: 28-Nov-2019: This is an archive of the original “Bakes on Mesh – Resources” post.. which has now been updated to reflect the up to date position. New post here. Update: 28-Nov-2019: Viewers with support for Bakes on Mesh in … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR – Visiting OpenSim Virtual Worlds

As noted before in this blog post Peter Kappler has created a VR version of the Firestorm virtual world viewer (based on version 6.0.1.56538). It can work very well indeed for Social VR purposes allowing all the capabilities and content … Continue reading

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Oil Rig Training Experience in Firestorm VR

The RGU Oil Rig enhanced education and virtual training experience created by the Robert Gordon University (RGU) Oil & Gas Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland ported to OpenSim OSGrid has been tested in Peter Kappler’s Firestorm VR 6.0.1. The VR mode … Continue reading

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Social VR using Firestorm VR

As noted before in this blog post Peter Kappler has created a VR version of the Firestorm virtual world viewer (based on version 6.0.1.57000). If the graphics settings, draw distance and scene complexity allow it, this can work very well … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR – Resources

Update 23-Sep-2019: Peter Kappler has provided an updated version of Firestorm VR compiled for Second Life and OpenSim which should fix the “black screen” issue mentioned below for at least some HMDs. More information, download links and tips are provided … Continue reading

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Rock Climbing in Second Life

Continuing the development of sports in Second Life…. Yasmin has created a lovely rock climbing area to test out her developing rock climbing apparatus and scripts. Visit via this landmark… Nitida Ridge @Inara Pey has done her usual detailed and … Continue reading

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The People’s Moon

As described at https://thepeoplesmoon.com/explore/, The People’s Moon has been co-created By British artist Helen Marshall of the People’s Picture, and Christina Korp of the Aldrin Family Foundation, and unveiled at iconic global locations on Saturday 20 July 2019… “The People’s … Continue reading

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Second Life – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. The National Space Society arranged an experience in Second Life to celebrate the event… #Apollo50th #SecondLifeChallenge https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2586-apollo50th-secondlifechallenge/ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/National%20Space%20Society/30/51/3674 Did you see that Buzz! Houston… we may … Continue reading

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Sansar – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. So a good time to revisit the Apollo 11 Experiences in Sansar… Apollo Museum and Tranquility Base… #Apollo50th

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ImmersiveVR – Apollo 11

20th July 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon. So a good time to revisit the Apollo 11 ImmersiveVR Experiences via the Oculus Rift… this time using the Apollo 11 HD update… #Apollo50th

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Second Life – Relay for Life 2019

A Relay for Life event in Second Life took place on 30th June 2019 in the Blake Sea sailing area – “Raft Up 2019” – with the audience able to observe the activities from a floating grandstand… Blake Sea – … Continue reading

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Seven Dales Heritage Run 2019

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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Vue Balloon over Bellisseria

I previously tried the Michie Marine Balloon from Balloon from Michie Yokosuka on the Second Life Marketplace over the New Linden Homes Bellisseria Continent in Second Life. Some snapshots are in this previous Blog Post. A balloon like this was … Continue reading

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Supercar in FSX in 2019

Supercar still works great in Flight Simulator FSX nearly 25 years since the first version of the add-on was created for Flight Simulator 5 using Flightshop Aircraft Factory in 1995… http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~bat/GA/supercar-msfs.html And it can be used in the Oculus Rift … Continue reading

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Sailboat around Bellisseria

Time to take the Bandit 50 Sailboat (from The Mesh Shop) out for a more extensive run down the West Coast of Bellisseria, the New Linden Homes Bellisseria Continent in Second Life. Sailing with the Ruth 2.0 open source low-poly … Continue reading

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Speedboats around Bellisseria

Having tried a range of aerial vehicles and a yacht in the New Linden Homes Bellisseria Continent in Second Life, I explored some other vehicles. I found several nice speedboats in the Second Life Marketplace from Michie Yokosuka – Michie … Continue reading

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Balloon over Bellisseria

Having tried a helicopter over the New Linden Homes Bellisseria Continent in Second Life, I explored some other vehicles from the same creator. I found a lovely free balloon on the Second Life Marketplace from Michie Yokosuka – a Michie … Continue reading

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