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AI Fest 4

“AI Fest 4: Trustworthy AI” is organised by the UK Dstl on 12th to 13th October 2021 using the IVent online conferencing platform and Slido for Q&A and Polling. The meeting sets out to explore the transformational impact of artificial … Continue reading

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Seven Dales Heritage Run 2021

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. After a year out in 2020 due to COVID-19 the Seven Dales … Continue reading

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Second Life Book Club – Derek Künsken

On 6th October 2021 there was a Second Life Book Club get together with SciFi author Derek Künsken – https://my.secondlife.com/derekkunsken – moderated by Draxtor.

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Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

Expo 2020 (https://www.expo2020dubai.com) opened in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with an opening ceremony on 30th September 2021 and will be open for six months from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022. A “Virtual Expo 2020” runs alongside … Continue reading

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Supercar Wall Ice Cream Advert

And a set of adverts using Gerry Anderson productions… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-K1W-T1naA

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Interesting Locations on Bellisseria

This blog post on 12th September 2021 by covers some interesting locations to visit on the Bellisseria containment in Second Life… the location for Linden Homes such as my houseboat… https://secondsighting.wordpress.com/2021/09/12/ten-special-attractions-to-visit-in-bellisseria/ http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franklin%20Hollow/133/81/54 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rigamarole/147/150/23 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Treeowatoor/227/59/22 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Altberg/109/126/52 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Millers%20Pond/158/210/9

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Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference 2021

The Global Youth Engineering Climate Conference 2021 (GYECC21) online virtual event took place on 7th and 8th September 2021 with exhibits and facilities being available thereafter until 12-Nov-2021. Over 4,000 attendees for some 100 countries joined the event. Use #GYECC21 … Continue reading

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360° Snapshots in Second Life 6.4.23.563579

Since 2016 a Second Life “Project Viewer” has been under development by Linden Lab that allows for the creation of 360° snapshots in Second Life virtual world scenes (see this earlier blog post). After a period of inactivity, a new … Continue reading

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Space:1999 Moonbase Alpha Technical Operations Manual

Launch video for Space:1999 Technical Operations Manual by Chris Thompson and Andrew Clements… due for release in October 2021 via Anderson Entertainment. Starlog Moonbase Alpha Technical Notebook Released via Starlog Magazine in 1977 as a mail order item.

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Abba Avatars

50 years after their initial formation and 40 years after their last performances together, Swedish super-group Abba are back with a new album and a virtual reality concert planned to start in London’s Olympic Park in May 2022. Avatars created … Continue reading

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Future Culture Edinburgh

https://efi.ed.ac.uk/events/future-culture-edinburgh/ Can we collectively reimagine Edinburgh’s cultural ecosystem and its future? A mixed-reality workshop broadcast from Leith Theatre, Edinburgh with online participants via Zoom, organised by the Edinburgh Futures Institute. miro.com was used to allow brainstorm style input from participants… … Continue reading

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Second Life – New Account Sign Up Experience

This is feedback after trying for myself the recently changed new account sign up web experience after receiving comments from professional colleagues joining Second Life for the first time, and being surprised at unsuitability for their purposes for the starter … Continue reading

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Re-Vue

This blog post is to support a short project to have University of Edinburgh Information Services (IS) folks get started with (or return to) Second Life as part of the handover of some of the work with the Virtual University … Continue reading

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Clever Zebra – OpenSim Assets

The OpenVCE project (http://openvce.net) contracted with Clever Zebra to produce the OpenVCE collaboration region virtual world assets for Second Life and OpenSim. Those assets are available under the Lesser GPL open source licence via http://openvce.net/resources/downloads/ or http://vue.ed.ac.uk/resources/open.ed/. The original Clever … Continue reading

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Skateboarding in Scotland in 1978 and 1979

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics (actually run in 2021 due to the COVID-19 epidemic) introduced Skateboarding Freestyle and Park Riding into the event list for the first time. It reminded me to go back over some of the early championships run … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.21

Firestorm 6.4.21 + P373R VR Mod: This build includes P373R’s VR Mod 6.3.3 changes merged into Firestorm 6.4.21.64531 release branch. No change to the VR Mod code is needed. It is created using “GitHub Actions” (GHA) thanks to Humbletim… see … Continue reading

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Blue Origin First Human Flight

Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen have become the first humans to fly in Blue Origin’s New Shepard from the West Texas launch site. Funk, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer, became the oldest person to fly in space. … Continue reading

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Open Educational Resources – Vue and OpenVCE

This is a blog post to support resources from the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) and Open Virtual Collaboration Environment (OpenVCE) activities to make them available on http://open.ed.ac.uk. Contact – Stephanie Farley (Charlie). Downloads available are in http://vue.ed.ac.uk/resources/open.ed/ See https://open.ed.ac.uk/virtual-world-simulator-platform-resources/ … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic – Unity 22 Mission

On 11th July 2021 Virgin Galactic plans flew its first fully crewed mission in “VSS Unity” spaceplane launched from under the carrier aircraft “VMS Eve”. The crew included Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. See this press release for … Continue reading

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New (Virtual) University of Edinburgh

Austin Tate has acted as the Coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue) since 2007 and acts as the administrator for the various collaboration facilities. These notes are intended as resources to assist in the transition of the assets … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit Launcher One

Virgin Orbit launched their first commercial orbital mission on 30th June 2021 following a successful orbital test mission in January 2021. The mission was called “Tubular Bells Pt. 1”.

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Nebula 75: a day of puppets at the University of Hull

Hosted by the University of Hull on 27th may 2021, there was a live screening, Q&A, discussion and live onstage filming re-creation of a key scene with the team behind the web series Nebula 75, which was created during the … Continue reading

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BIS Event – Ron Miller – Space Artist

Ron Miller gave a presentation at the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) online event on 19th May 2021 (web page). Ron Miller is an internationally acclaimed artist who is focussed on space themes. I have been a fan of his work … Continue reading

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Shane Pickering – Supercar Cutaway Take Two

Shane Pickering, a graphic artist and private pilot in New Zealand, in the late 1990s worked on schematics and internal details for Supercar compatible with the TV shows and annuals. Details in this blog post (20-Jan-2016). We had a lot … Continue reading

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Blue Origin – First Seat

Blue Origin (blueorigin.com) is to auction the first seat on a crewed flight to space on the New Shepherd rocket and capsule planned tor 20th July 2021 with the proceeds of the auction being donated to the Club for the … Continue reading

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Earth Day- Vangelis

Earth Day – 22nd April 2021 – Space Rocks – Vangelis I have been a fan of Vangelis since hearing his track “Alpha” (from Albedo 0.39) on the collection of music loved by Carl Segan when he was on BBC … Continue reading

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Trying to make sense of Black Rock Laboratory

The fictional base in the Nevada desert for the team in Gerry Anderson’s Supercar TV series is called Black Rock Laboratory. For 3D modellers it is a nightmare as many of the sets used in the TV series are separate … Continue reading

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Moon Dialogs – International Collaboration for Lunar Bases

A seminar in Moon Dialogs Peaceful Moon Salon on “International Collaboration for Lunar Bases” was help in Zoom on Monday, March 29, 2021 3:00 PM (BST). A Google Document is used to capture comments and resources shared during the event… … Continue reading

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BBC Academy – Trust in News

Trust in News Conference: The View from the Frontline Fighting Disinformation Online event – 24th March 2021 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/beyondfakenews/trustinnews Hosted by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, speaking to representatives of the social media platforms about their part in turning the … Continue reading

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Firestorm VR Mod 6.4.13

Firestorm 6.4.13 + P373R VR Mod: This build includes P373R’s VR Mod 6.3.3 changes merged into Firestorm 6.4.13 release branch. It is created using “GitHub Actions” (GHA) thanks to Humbletim… see https://github.com/humbletim/firestorm-gha/releases/tag/v6.4.13-vr-alpha-0 The user instructions are identical to Firestorm VR … Continue reading

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