Category Archives: Second Life

Avatar JellyDolls

From Second Life Viewer 4.0.5 (18-May-2016) a capability to increase performance by rendering some highly complex avatars as “JellyDolls” was introduced. When set appropriately, the viewer will render avatars with a complexity score that are over some preset limit as … Continue reading

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Lord of the Rings Role Play

Lord of the Rings Online (http://lotro.com) is a MMORPG to allow for quests to be undertaken with the role of Man, Hobbit, Elf or Dwarf. It is free to play for the initial levels, and then is based on subscription. … Continue reading

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Fish4Knowledge at Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016

Jessica Chen-Burger (as avatar Skye Gears) presented the Fish4Knowledge project outreach pavilion and underwater aquarium project in Second Life and OpenSim at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 online conference (VWBPE-2016). More details of the F4K Exhibition gallery … Continue reading

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2015 Virtual University of Edinburgh Graduation – School of Education

For seven years since 2009 the University of Edinburgh has offered its distance education and remote new graduates the option to graduate in Second Life, alongside the real world ceremony in the graduation hall, which his year is in Edinburgh’s … Continue reading

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The Man – One of the Earliest Objects in Second Life

“The Man” on Natoma/63/206/50 in Second Life is a destination I discovered through an interesting InfoGraphic about the scale of the land area in Second Life. The Man sculpture was created by “oldjohn Linden” on 19th July 2002. “The Man” … Continue reading

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Second Life – Move from Edinburgh University to Vue

In early November 2015 the “Edinburgh University” region in Second Life was abandoned… with active facilities being moved to the Vue, Vue South and Edinburgh East regions. Edinburgh University was originally obtained as part of the Vue estate in June … Continue reading

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Fish4Knowledge Virtual World Pavilion – Move to Vue

The Fish4Knowledge Exhibition Pavilion and Underwater Gallery is moving across the bay from the “Edinburgh University” home it has had since it was created to the “Vue” region in October 2010, which continues to be maintained as a virtual world … Continue reading

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Vue Display in Maps of Second Life

The Maps of Second Life Pavilion is accessible at New Kadath Lighthouse Art Gallery, New Kadath (34, 51, 22) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/52/23. It is curated by Juliana Lethdetter, a member of the Second Life Historical Society, and shows maps and information … Continue reading

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Halloween in Second Life 2015

Ghost avatars in Second Life at Halloween 2015 2015 Second Life Creepy Crawl 2015 Run by Xiola Linden on 30th October 2015, this event visited a number of spooky locations with “appropriate” music for the occasion… see https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Get-Your-Costumes-Ready-for-Friday-s-Inworld-Creepy-Crawl/ba-p/2975298

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SculptGL

A web-based mesh creation tool at http://stephaneginier.com/sculptgl/ Especially for Halloween

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Valkyrie Avatar

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is to get a NASA Valkyrie Robot in March 2016 as part of its Robotarium. The Valkyrie robotic platform was originally designed and built in 2013 to carry out search and rescue missions in line … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality in Second Life and OpenSim using the CtrlAltStudio Viewer

David Rowe’s CtrlAltStudio Viewer allows 3D stereoscopic and Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display (HMD) viewers of Second Life and OpenSim-based Virtual Worlds. It supports gamepad controllers too, such as the Xbox gamepad. Version 1.2.5.43397 (3rd October 2015) had been updated … Continue reading

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Second Life – Ai Austin 9th Birthday

9th birthday… don’t look a year older… and the flight suit stays remarkable clean…

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Vue – Maps in Second Life

Vue – the Virtual University of Edinburgh – 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. Following separate developments … Continue reading

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Maps of Second Life

The Maps of Second Life Pavilion shows maps and information about the development of Second Life since its early test days… The Maps of Second Life Pavilion is accessible while the SL12B celebrations are on via http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Wonderous/113/23/22 or at its … Continue reading

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SL12B – Second Life 12th Birthday

Second Life was officially launched on 23rd June 2003 and has now has reached its 12th Birthday. A range of exhibits are available to act as a showcase for what has been built by the Second Life community. A pod … Continue reading

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Drawingboard in Second Life and OpenSim

Using the Media on a Prim (MOAP) capability to display web pages, including JavaScript (.js) on faces of objects in Second Life and OpenSim, a simple drawing facility can be provided. Drawingboard – Single User Whiteboard Drawingboard is a canvas … Continue reading

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Shields Sailboat in Second Life

In Second Life, for those interested in virtual sailing, there is a free sailboat available at Three Pines Sailing Resource Center (in June 2015).. accessible via the SLURL… http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Owasco/73/208/201. I was pointed at this sailboat via a blog post by … Continue reading

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View over Vue

Here is a nice view from Ai Austin’s AIAI2 office on the second floor of the I-Room on the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) region in Second Life. Must update the calendar 🙂 Here is an image of an I-Room … Continue reading

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Sansara – Second Life Continent

Sansara is the name given to the original “mainland” (“continent”) land mass in Second Life. Some background is on the Second Life Wiki which includes a map naming various regions and showing their geography. Sansara in 2015 This is how … Continue reading

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OpenVCE Presentation Systems

There are two presentations systems we have used in the Open Virtual Collaboration Environment (OpenVCE) in Second Life (and ported to OpenSim). Clever Zebra In-world Texture Presenter A means to display in-world slides included as textures is included within the … Continue reading

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Virtual World Best Practice in Education 2015

The 8th annual Virtual World Best Practice in Education (VWBPWE 2015) conference took place from March 18th to 21st 2015 in Second Life and on the OpenSimulator-based Avacon Grid. The inbuilt Vivox voice setup was used in Second Life, as … Continue reading

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Coursera AI Planning MOOC 2015 – Virtual World Meeting 17-Feb-2015

The fifth meeting of the 2015 AI Planning MOOC group session took place in Second Life on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 8pm UT/GMT.

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Mesh Heads and Bodies in Second Life

Mesh heads and bodies have become more common place in Second Life.. especially as the technology to allow for them to be adjusted by the usual appearance user interface and sliders, and to allow clothing to conform to the underlying … Continue reading

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Coursera AI Planning MOOC 2015 – Virtual World Meeting 27-Jan-2015

The third meeting of the 2015 AI Planning MOOC group session took place in Second Life on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 7pm UT/GMT.

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Streaming Second Life via Steam Broadcasting

Steam has a broadcast feature that lets others watch you play a Steam game or run a Steam launched application. This can be used to broadcast Second Life activity. You add your choice of Second Life viewer to your Steam … Continue reading

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Disney’s Futureland in Second Life

[I do indeed mean “Tomorrowland” at Disney… as pointed out by xadllas… thanks] The Second Life Destination Guide shows interesting or seasonal regions and sites that are worth exploring. In January 2015 the guide included the “Discovery Mark II (Theme … Continue reading

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Flight Simulation in Second Life – DSA Debonair

Flight Simulations exist in Second Life, some with extensive HUDs for control… and example is the DSA Debonair light aircraft. This can have standard gear (chat command: gear standard) or water floats (chat command: gear floats). http://dsa-aircraft.com http://insowork.wix.com/dsa-aircraft

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Coursera AI Planning MOOC 2015 – First Virtual World Meeting

The first meeting of the 2015 AI Planning MOOC group session took place in Second Life on Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 7pm UT/GMT on “The Venue@Vue” meeting area on the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue). For more details of … Continue reading

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Christmas in Second Life and OpenSim

Its Christmas time again, and it looks like Santa, Rudolph and the other reindeer have arrived again… on the Christmas Lane region in Second Life… The Christmas tree is also up outside the I-Room on Vue in Second Life… OpenSimulator … Continue reading

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