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<p>Welcome to the New World Notes, the ongoing footnotes for my book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0061353205?tag=newwornot-20&amp;camp=14573&amp;creative=327641&amp;linkCode=as1&amp;creativeASIN=0061353205&amp;adid=06RE425KYXBMQFNB3PE7&amp;"><em>The Making of Second Life: Notes From The New World</em></a> (HarperCollins)</p>
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Want to turn a Second Life avatar pic into the "photo" of their real life analog? Watch this Artbreeder tutorial from Ugleh Ulrik, the SL creator who first started the whole buzz around using the AI-driven platform to transform avatars.... Continue reading
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Starting tomorrow (February 27) at 9am PT, the community of Sinespace (a media partner to this blog) are unveiling Discovery Island with a grand opening festival. Hosted by Mimi Marie, it’s a weekend of fun events (schedule below) featuring many... Continue reading
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting Katien Erin’s “The Glorious Diva” goes full Seventies in her post “70’s Vibes.” I love the glasses, the bold natural, the fabulous yellow top. It’s all brilliant.... Continue reading
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Right: The same avatar made by Krample selling to VRChat users for $40 and (below) for SL users for L$550 (under $3) I recently told you about a 3D creator called “Krample”, who has been an SL merchant for many... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at New World Notes
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Based on a recent Facebook' revenue report, it looked like the Oculus Quest 2 had sold 1.5 million to 2 million copies in its first four months on the market, starting last October. Nielsen analytics company SuperData, however, recently asserted... Continue reading
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting This photo contest entry is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the light and colors. It is so romantic and reminds me of the pre-Raphaelite portraits of gods and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at New World Notes
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My post last week on Artbreeder, which uses Generative Adversarial Networks to create "children" of an original image, generated a mini-burst of excitement among many in the SL community, who started experimenting with the process to turn pictures of their... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at New World Notes
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting This picture from Mimi Bunny makes me think of a movie poster for an adventure film. You know the kind, the hero and allies all rushing forward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at New World Notes
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Skittish is "a playful virtual space for online events" now in closed beta, the brainchild of beloved tech veteran Andy Baio, a longtime advocate of Internet-driven creativity. As the video teaser above suggests, it combines the whimsical charm of online... Continue reading
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Via Nodoka Hanamura, this week's virtual world location gracing New World Notes' banner is Hiraya Village in Second Life, a community based around a highly-detailed recreation of modern urban cityscapes of Japan. "It's run by Rydia Lacombe and a few... Continue reading
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting “2326” is a picture of the cyberpunk sim Drune and comes with Difficult Conundrum’s suggestion that you listen to OX1 from DJ Tommy Four Seven. Yes, the... Continue reading
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UPDATE, 2/23: The AMA is live now here with Philip's first answer beginning, "I'll be working on virtual worlds in one form or another until I die..." Get your questions ready: Philip Rosedale, whose hair I'm relieved to see has... Continue reading
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Listening to The Office podcast about the 2007 episode where Dwight and Jim play Second Life reminded me of another appearance by the virtual world a few years later -- in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), starring John Cusack along... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at New World Notes
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Turn An Avatar Image Into A "Photo" Of Their RL Twin Via AI-Driven ArtBreeder Listen: Inside The Infamous Second Life Episode From The Office -- And The Disastrous "Dwight Schrute Echo Chamber" That Followed MultiBrush Turns Tilt Brush Creativity Into... Continue reading
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The dapper AF avatar on your left belongs to TheVirtualGent on Reddit; the "photo" on your right is what he might look like in real life -- a process made possible via Artbreeder, which uses Generative Adversarial Networks to create... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at New World Notes
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting I just discovered Jacques Valentine’s self-named blog and really love the fresh and avant-garde style that he creates. His pictures are great, too. Jacques approaches androgynous fashion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at New World Notes
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Office Ladies is a podcast from Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey recounting their behind-the-scenes memories as ensemble stars in the beloved TV series, and their latest episode (stream above) delves into the "Local Ad" episode from 2007 -- or as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at New World Notes
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting Terr Jedda’s photostream is so much fun. She has a naturalistic style I love. Haven’t we all felt like her in this picture? More natural scenes of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at New World Notes
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A scant few weeks after I worried that Google's open sourcing of its excellent Tilt Brush VR app would lead the codebase to die the death that open source projects often do, I'm happy to say I was totally wrong:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at New World Notes
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‌Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting The pictures by Flickr artist Tiago that I featured last week, especially the one above, sparked some discussion of whether they were taken in Second Life. or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at New World Notes
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Emphasizing that his upcoming departure from Linden Lab "has nothing at all to do with the change in ownership of the Lab" (the long-running startup was recently sold to the Waterford Group holding company), the veteran technologist Scott Lawrence, known... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at New World Notes
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What you're watching above is a video from social media influencer Taryn Southern, except not quite: It's a "clone" of Ms. Southern, created via an AI platform called HourOne. "We take a small sample of video footage (ideally captured in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at New World Notes
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Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting ByteDreams Slade is a blogger at Style Is a Choice who shoots such dramatic photos they are worthy to stand on their own as art. In Style... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at New World Notes
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What you're looking at above is a follow-up simulation of wealth inequity by Philip Rosedale, who recently created a simulation which showed how a divide between rich and poor will emerge even when everyone starts at a hypothetically equal state,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at New World Notes
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Courtesy Caitlin Tobias, this week's virtual world location gracing New World Notes' banner is Golgothica in Second Life, a roleplay storytelling region inspired by Game of Thrones and other fantasy classics. As Caitlin writes on her blog: Golgothica is for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at New World Notes