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The Dog Talks

I think I have a talent for keeping things in perspective. Some things, anyway. I try to see the big picture. If you’re working on a complicated project, it’s good to stand back once in a while and remember the goal. Assess how you’re progressing to make sure you’re still on track.

I watched the video of Philip Linden’s keynote at the SLCC in Boston. I am not qualified to address the many technical and business issues he talked about. I’ll leave that to others. But I do have some feelings about it.

I am NOT a Linden basher. I often use the metaphor of a talking dog. When you see a dog that talks, you don’t criticize its pronunciation. You don’t engage it in witty repartee or ask it to recite Shakespeare in the Queen’s English. After all, it’s just a dog. It sheds hair on the furniture, pees in the kitchen, humps your . . . → Read More: The Dog Talks

Cosmos at Artemisia

The Cosmos Hi Tech Disco above Artemisia is part of what I call my Complex Entertainment (as opposed to an entertainment complex). It sits among my other peculiar endeavors, including the Sunlight Museum and FreeWee’s Laboratory, at 2650 meters. MrMulti “Mic” Writer was the entertainment at the grand opening July 31. Unfortunately, there were so many people and the place is so graphics intensive that the one attempt I made to take pictures resulted in a crash (not good when I’m running the show). But I did get pics beforehand and at Mic’s gig last night. Mic has been performing regularly at Artemisia for over a year.

Artemisia Botanical Gardens

I’ve been collecting flowers in SL for some time. Along one side of Artemisia there is a boardwalk that has a number of interesting floral specimens with signs indicating their names and creators. Some of these are classics, going back to pre-sculptie days.

Metaverse Art

Metaverse Art

Some time ago I responded to a call from Valazquez Bonetto, Josina Burgess and Nazz Lane for artists to share their experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts about creating art in virtual worlds. I thought the questions were worth addressing, so I spent some time carefully answering them. My understanding was that the responses were to be used somehow in a book to be published online by the Artspace Diabolus Cybernetic Arts Research Project (C.A.R.P.), whose members are arguably among the very cutting edge of metaverse artists and have been for some time. One of the things I admire most about the Diabolus productions is their dedication to documentation. Their series of online books are beautifully produced and richly illustrated in such a way as to give you as close to the original experiences as a static two-dimensional page can provide.

After sending off my notecard to Josina, I never really heard what happened . . . → Read More: Metaverse Art

UWA Trophy Competition

The residents of Artemisia are proud to have sponsored the University of Western Australia 3D Art & Design Challenge’s Trophy Design Competition. he objects will be presented as keepsakes to display with their entries or to place on a shelf.

Artemisia is a residential sim dedicated to living a creative second life. Judges for the competition included RobertSteven Smythe, Fuschia Nightfire, and Artemisians Chinook Anatine, Anneli Ulrick, and FreeWee Ling. FreeWee also coordinated the competition.

There were TWO WINNING DESIGNS selected, each receiving a 3000L award. One will be presented to the GRAND PRIZE winners in September. The other will to be used in “an as yet unannounced Grand Collaboration” at UWA. There were also two Honorable Mention awards of 500L presented. Winners were announced at the regular UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge awards ceremony on 8 August 2010.

The winners were: Sharni Azalee and Miso Susanowa. Honorable mention winners were Abstract Baroque and . . . → Read More: UWA Trophy Competition

Kaleidoscopic machinima

UWA is sponsoring a machinima competition to highlight the winners of the 3D Art & Design challenges. Gnueon Aeon of Running Lady Productions has produced a wonderful film of the June winners. The first 30 seconds or so features my spiral kaleidoscope, First Place winner of the June round.

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