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Sinespace – Vue

The Virtual University of Edinburgh regions as they appeared in Second Life at their maximum extent and as they are replicated on the OpenSimuator-based Openvue grid has been converted via the OAR Converter into Unity3D and then provided into the … Continue reading

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OAR Converter

OAR Converter can take an OpenSimulator Archive (OAR) and from it create textures, meshes and terrain suitable to import into a Unity scene. The converter has been created by Fumikazu Iseki (Avatar: @Fumi.Hax – @fumi_hax) and his colleagues at the … Continue reading

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Cassini – Grand Finale

Timeline 15th September 2017: Final Entry to Saturn Atmosphere… 6:32 am EDT (3:32 am PDT) Thrusters at 100% of capacity; high-gain antenna begins to point away from Earth, leading to loss of signal. Event received on Earth at approx. 11:55 … Continue reading

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FrancoGrid Fest’Avi 2016

I recently took a tour of the OpenSimulator-based FrancoGrid on its Fest’Avi 2016 region – as it prepares its 2017 festival. This involves the creation of open source avatars in a show case area. A very nice visual feast. FrancoGrid … Continue reading

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Sinespace – RGU Oil Rig at Night

The RGU Oil Rig 3D model and virtual world environment in OpenSimulator create by the team involving Jo-Anne Tait and Colin Hetherington at Robert Gordon University (RGU) Oil & Gas centre in Aberdeen Scotland has been ported to Unity3D via … Continue reading

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AI Rules – Oren Etzioni in NYTimes Opinion Pages

Oren Etzioni at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has requested feedback on the following NY Times OpEd: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/artificial-intelligence-regulations-rules.html I provided these notes to Oren on 8th September 2017: I think its good to have a wide ranging discussion on … Continue reading

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Dueling Dragons Roller Coaster

Dueling Dragons (US spelling) is a two track “duelling” (UK English) B&M suspended roller coaster at Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios Orlando. The ride is themed as two dragons… Chinese Fireball (Fire) and Hungarian Horntail (Ice). It was opened … Continue reading

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sinespace – Load Test 1-Sep-2017

Some Observations from sinespace Interactions Chat tool has some issues… scroll bar seems not to work when you have more tabs than the current size window allows. Hide button largely covers the last entry unless you are VERY careful with … Continue reading

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Sinespace – Delphi Talks

A new Sinespace event plaza has been created… at “The Delphi Talks” region. See http://delphitalks.com Dylan Emery – ShowStopper – 7-Sep-2017 YouTube Video [59:00] Hugh Welchman – Loving Vincent – 12-Sep-2017 YouTube Video [1:23:17]

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OpenSim – Metropolis Grid

Metropolis is an OpenSimulator-based grid open to anyone to create a (free) avatar, rent land or (at no cost) add on their own hosted regions (similar to OSGrid in that resepect). Resources and Links Metropolis Web Site – http://hypergrid.org/ Metropolis … Continue reading

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Sine Space – Gerry Anderson Region

The Sine Space (now rebranded “sinespace”) virtual world “Space City” region contains 3D models and scenes from a number of Gerry Anderson TV productions… Supercar and Black Rock Laboratory Fireball XL5 and Space City Stingray and Marineville Thunderbirds Space:1999 Visit … Continue reading

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sinespace GALand

Short URL to http://blog.inf.ed.ac.uk/atate/2017/08/18/sine-space-gerry-anderson-region/

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Cassini – A Celebration of the Grand Finale

Cassini Grand Finale Event in Sinespace – with NASA JPL Live Stream11am UT/12 noon BST to 12:30pm UT/1:30pm BST on 15th September 2017 For more details and links see this blog post. Timeline 15th September 2017: Final Entry to Saturn … Continue reading

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Sansar Name Label

Avatar name labels are not yet included in Sansar. They are useful as a means to recognise others and initiate social communication with them. Soe users have taken to creating an avatar attachment with their avatar name as a label. … Continue reading

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Sansar Atlas Hop

Sansar is a new virtual world platform allowing for virtual experiences to be visited by multiple users represented as avatars. A group of metaverse explorers meet under the guidance of bloggers and live streamers @Draxtor and @StrawberrySingh (order strictly alphabetical!) … Continue reading

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Sansar – Resources

Sansar is a new virtual world platform allowing for virtual experiences to be visited by multiple users represented as avatars. It has an edit or creator mode to build experiences and upload previously created 3D models in an appropriate format … Continue reading

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Sine Space – Resources

Sine Space is a virtual world platform using Unity3D as the creator/build environment and allowing (via an add-in Unity package) upload to become a space within the Sine Space multi-user virtual world. Spaces are created in Unity and then uploaded … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Resources

This page gathers together some resource descriptions and URL pointers for use of the High Fidelity virtual world platform, for both the Interface (viewer/client) and the Sandbox (domain server). High Fidelity Documentation Interface – Default Scripts & Useful Additions The … Continue reading

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High Fidelity – Mesh Tests

High Fidelity (http://highfidedity.com) has been developing as a virtual world platform over the last 3 years and I have been experimenting with the platform since May 15th, 2014. It accepts mesh models in FBX format. My blog posts document progress … Continue reading

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Sansar – Open Beta

On 31st July 2017 Linden Lab’s Sansar virtual world platform was opened to any users in its “open beta” stage. This includes… … removal of the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that was in place during preview. That means you’re now welcome … Continue reading

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Unity 2017 – Rocks Turn Red

If you have a Unity project in versions up to 5.6.2 and on loading it into Unity 2017.1 or later some of the terrain textures turn reddish… Take a look for an object in the scene or click on the … Continue reading

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Second Life – Bento Avatars

Trying the new richer Bento skeleton avatars… which were released as starter avatars by Linden Lab on 5th July 2017 (see this announcement). Thomas with my old Ai Austin skin and shape works great as “Strider”… and I even get … Continue reading

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Virtual Oil Rig – Enhancing Higher Education

A poster of the work on the RGU Virtual Oil Rig and related educational experiences to enhance learning and training for offshore oil rig workers was presented at the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference: Inspiring Excellence – Transforming … Continue reading

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Seven Dales Heritage Run 2017

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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Drone

I was very pleased to be given a Hubsan FPV X4 Quadcopter (Model H107D) as a retirement gift from CISA members and other friends at the School of Informatics. This page is to gather resources to support my piloting of … Continue reading

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Second Life in Anaglyph 3D using Kirstens Viewer

Back in 2011, Kirstens Viewer for Second Life added an Anaglyph 3D view capability which could be seen with red/cyan 3D glasses. See this blog post. Kirstens Viewer has now been updated by Kirstenlee Cinquetti to include recent Second Life … Continue reading

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Virtual World Best Practice in Education 2017

Ebbe Altberg (avatar Ebbe Linden), the CEO of Linden Labs, provided a Q&A session at the start of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE) 2017 run in Second Life. Ebbe spoke about Second Life and Sansar. He … Continue reading

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Patagonia

Patagonia is somewhere I have wanted to visit for some time, and specifically to try to reach the base of a mountain in the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina near El Chaltén. I have had an interest in rock … Continue reading

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Sine.space – 2001: a Space Odyssey

As of September 2017, the 2001 Space Station and Orion III Shuttle can be found on the “Space Station” region in sinespace. You arrive at the International Space Station (ISS). Look adound for the teleporter to take you there quickly. … Continue reading

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Second Life – Gardens by the Bay

Maddy (Nibby Riddler) has constructed an artistic build in Second Life that is based on the Singapore Gardens by the Bay with it’s “Supertrees” and night lighting. Visit via http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA15/179/122/22 See also Inara Pey’s Blog Post about the location. Our … Continue reading

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