Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #23: Exploring Nuclear Research at CERN

For today’s meeting, we explored the region CERN on New World Grid.

In real life, CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.  The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors.  Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

The region CERN on New World Grid features detailed recreations of real life architecture at CERN as well self-guided tours of models of particle accelerators.

Read on for a full transcript and many photos of our adventure.

For more information about the Hypergrid Adventurers Club and how you can join us, please see our homepage.  You can also follow our club’s tweets at #HGAC.

Meeting #23
12/15/2010 : 2pm GMT

8 Hypernauts in attendance:

Mel Baluvelt
Frank Avatar
Oronoque Westland
Vanish Seriath
Ange Menges
Graham Mills
L1 Loire
Pathfinder Lester

We begin on the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID.

Pathfinder Lester: ok, I’ll kick things off with the regular introductory remarks
Pathfinder Lester: Welcome to the Hypergrid Adventurers Club! Thank you all for joining us today.
Pathfinder Lester: The first 30 min of each meeting is spent on introductions and an open discussion.
Pathfinder Lester: And for the second 30 min of each meeting, we will make some Hypergrid jumps to visit and explore an interesting location on the Hypergrid.
Pathfinder Lester: To start, everyone please jump in and say a few words about yourself and your projects/interests in open chat. This is always a good opportunity for networking. :)
Mel Blauvelt: I started out as Melchizedek…but since that was a rather poor choice I switched to Mel, for now
Pathfinder Lester: I post a full report and transcript of each meeting’s open chat on my blog, so this is also a chance for you to share information with everyone who reads the blog.
Pathfinder Lester: And if you say anything in open chat that you would NOT like to be posted on my blog, please just say so in chat and I will redact your comments.
Pathfinder Lester: Mel is easier to remember :)
Frank Avatar: Cool.. :)
Mel Blauvelt: Well I’m still a philosopher in RL, interested in interdisciplinary scientific research, worldview construction and metrics at the moment
Frank Avatar: Thats a mouthfull :)
Pathfinder Lester: I’m Pathfinder Lester, John Lester in real life. I used to work at Linden Lab from 2005-2010. Now I work at ReactionGrid Inc. as Director of Community Development.
Pathfinder Lester: my blog is at http://becunningandfulloftricks.com
Frank Avatar: Alot ode ex LL people floating around in the grids now, I seem to think that can only help overall. :)
Mel Blauvelt: I certainly hope so, yeah
Pathfinder Lester: thanks :)
Pathfinder Lester: many of us are still very interested in virtual worlds.
Pathfinder Lester: and many of us are now focusing on the bigger picture. ;)
Frank Avatar: I agree the “Big Picture” is key
Mel Blauvelt: There was interest yesterday from the Architecture Working Group in SL to experiment/contribute to Hypergrid too
Pathfinder Lester: mel, oh that’s very cool!
Vanish Seriath: Okay, in short: I’m V of tgib.co.uk
Vanish Seriath: Hi everyone.
Frank Avatar: Hi
Pathfinder Lester: great to see you again V
Ange Menges: Yes V, and I have brought your beers, lol
Vanish Seriath: Aww, great.
Vanish Seriath: I guess sudo get-me-a-beer worked.
Pathfinder Lester: belgian beer! thank you Ange!

Ange Menges: well hope it work, first time I rezed the box, animations vanished
Ange Menges: don’t know why
Pathfinder Lester: V, I’m also a longtime fan of The Sandman graphic novels…..so I’ve left a little Sandman reference here on Pathlandia for you to find. ;)
Vanish Seriath: Aw, I just got El hooked on them.
Pathfinder Lester: hint: it’s near the Statue am Berg. ;)
Vanish Seriath: Hah, okay.
Pathfinder Lester: i try to leave small scenes around Pathlandia for people to discover.
Vanish Seriath: Yes, every time I’m here there’s something new.
Pathfinder Lester: also, I’m going to post my blog report on our tour of “The Grey Inn Between” today. lots of pics, too.
Vanish Seriath: Hah, I found Matthew.
Pathfinder Lester: V, you got it. :D
Vanish Seriath laughs.
Oronoque Westland: is it really me?
Pathfinder Lester: i hope so! lol
Oronoque Westland: hard time getting here today
Vanish Seriath: Hi Oro.
Ange Menges: hello Oronoque
Mel Blauvelt: rocking a matroushka avatar Oro?
Oronoque Westland: last try from Scooter Graham and I ended up on the new VWER grid
Pathfinder Lester: whoa, that’s odd
Oronoque Westland: thought it was a drug induced hallucination
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, if you have a chance, could you submit a short ticket about that on http://metaverseheroes.com?
Pathfinder Lester: Chris at ReactionGrid is trying to iron out that bug, and she’s tracking everyone who experieneces it on metaverseheroes.
Pathfinder Lester: Frank, do you do much hypergrid jumping between the different grids?
Frank Avatar: Yes I had one of the 1st HG 1.5 grids in testing
Pathfinder Lester: nice! so you’ve seen things come a long way, i expect.
Frank Avatar: Yes since aug 2007, I can say I have been there done that with opensim :)
Frank Avatar: I think we have about 2270 regions online total
Pathfinder Lester: what are your thoughts on the current fragmented state of the hypergrid? I know many of us are hoping that gets resolved soon so we can jump all over freely.
Vanish Seriath: Oh nice, where is that, Frank.
Vanish Seriath: (Sorry, I missed the introduction.)
Frank Avatar: Many issues with 1.0 has been corrected with the 1.5 HG
Pathfinder Lester: Frank, what about the current bug that is preventing folks from OSGrid from hypergrid jumping out of OSGrid? do you know any news about that?
Oronoque Westland: still sleeping off the flu most of the time
Oronoque Westland: phone woke me—I said, if its not Path hang up!
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, lol
Frank Avatar: From what I am told by my staff, is that OSGRID has a different version
Frank Avatar: we do have regions in OSGRID and we also have a few test regions on another grid that we also use the OSGRID code
Pathfinder Lester: gotcha
Oronoque Westland: you are my childhood distraction—being sick as a kid was the only time my parents let me read comic books
Pathfinder Lester: well, it must make you happy to be seeing all the different opensim grids growing these days. so much growth in a short time.
Ange Menges: So at the moment, the only way to come in osgrid is to create an av on osgrid ?
Vanish Seriath: Yes, well, I just encountered someone in an opensim IRC who complained that everything is so empty and nothing’s ‘going on’
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, I believe yes.
Frank Avatar: I think so also..
Oronoque Westland: I have fallen in love with OS…I tour further on my own in OS than I used to in SL
Vanish Seriath: Well me too. And I build a lot more things than I ever did in SL.
Vanish Seriath: (Somewhat out of neccessity, too.)
Pathfinder Lester: V, i hear that sometimes too. you don’t often run across large groups of people. but i know many different projects are going on with folks building things.
Oronoque Westland: Path is to blame (lol)
Oronoque Westland: for the travel
Oronoque Westland: he has made it seem so easy
Vanish Seriath: Well, when I joined SL, it was basically the same there.
Pathfinder Lester: V, good point.
Vanish Seriath: You could walk for hours without meeting a living soul.
Oronoque Westland: some areas are still like that
Vanish Seriath: Yes, true.
Oronoque Westland: that is one reason why JokaydiaGrid has won my heart…never totally empty
Pathfinder Lester: it’s still the early pioneering days in opensim, i think. you can wander for hours and not see people. yet you find places where people are actively building many interesting things from scratch.
Vanish Seriath: Yes, and we organize differently.
Ange Menges: About projects, Path, I will try to present you someone name Enora Gregan
Pathfinder Lester: definitely
Vanish Seriath: When you follow twitter or IRC, you can always meet people inworld.
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, oh cool. ty.
Oronoque Westland: I have to read the blog re:IRC to catch up on that
Ange Menges: She run a project named Explor3D
Ange Menges: A bit different from HGAC
Pathfinder Lester: oh wonderful!
Ange Menges: first it’s french, lol
Pathfinder Lester: more explorers!
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, c’est bon. I must practice my french. :)
Oronoque Westland: we have translation devices
Oronoque Westland: mais oui Pathfinder
Ange Menges: and her aim is to bring to virtual worlds people she meet in real life that never came before
Oronoque Westland: nice
Pathfinder Lester: speaking of finding interesting projects, for today’s tour we’re going to visit a place I discovered in my wandering around NewWorldGrid.
Ange Menges: To show them hat is possible
Pathfinder Lester: someone who works at CERN (the physics lab in switzerland) has a region
Pathfinder Lester: i’ll pass out today’s notecard with our itinerary

— Notecard of Itinerary and Details —-
Before doing any Hypergrid jumps, be sure you have set your Home location and have relogged since you set it.  If you don’t, Hypergrid jumps will not work.  This appears to be a bug.

Many people find the Imprudence viewer to be very good for using with both SL and other grids.  You can find it here: http://imprudenceviewer.org/

*** How to make Manual Hypergrid Jumps in 4 easy steps ***
1) Open your World Map.
2) In the text box next to the Search button, enter the Hypergrid Address.
3) Click the Search button and wait for the map to move to the jump region.
4) Click the Teleport button.

*** Our Starting Location ***
Hypergrid Address: 66.240.233.81:9001:pathlandia
Region Name: “Pathlandia”
Grid Location: jokaydiaGRID (Lower)
Grid Website: http://jokaydiagrid.com
************************

Hypergrid Jump #1
Hypergrid Address: hypergrid.reactiongrid.com:9009
Region Name: “HG Gateway 1″
Grid Location: ReactionGrid (Middle)
Grid Website: http://reactiongrid.com

We’ll be making this jump using one of the instant Hypergates on Pathlandia.  It’s the stone archway next to the Tardis..   Just walk up to the archway and walk through it.  You will automatically make a Hypergrid jump to “HG Gateway 1.”

For more information on how these instant Hypergates work, see:
http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/2010/10/29/the-metaphor-of-portals/

“HG Gateway 1″ is a handy jump point in the “middle” of the Hypergrid.

Hypergrid Jump #2
Hypergrid Address: regions.newworldgrid.com:13000
Region Name: “Laasonen”
Grid Location: New World Grid (Upper)
Grid Website: http://newworldgrid.com

We’ll make this jump the manual way (see above “How to make Manual Hypergrid Jumps in 4 easy steps.”)

Laasonen Metahotel is a landing place for hypergrid travelers situated in a nice tropical archipelago.

From here we’ll make a local teleport on New World Grid to the region “CERN.”  CERN (http://public.web.cern.ch), the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.  The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors.  Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.

This region features some detailed recreations of real life buildings at CERN as well as models of particle accelerators.

***
jokaydiaGRID has a Newbie Dome for folks to pick up freebies that can help them get started.  If you find any good freebies in your Hypergrid travels that you’d like to share, you can put them in the Newbie Dome.   There’s currently a lack of many good outfits and items for male avatars, so it would be great if we could find more items like that to share.
— End of Notecard —

Ange Menges: So I thought that you could have common objectives to speak about together
Oronoque Westland: before we go I discovered what for me is a new way to jump
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, that’s wonderful. Thank you !
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, what’s that?
Oronoque Westland: AJ says put the SLURL in chat and click on it
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, my email is pathfinder@reactiongrid.com if she wants to email me
Oronoque Westland: it works
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, ah yes! that’s another way to do jumps.
Pathfinder Lester: but sometimes I find that it does not always work.
Ange Menges: ok at the moment they have only travel on SL but I will host them on francogrid for hypergrid
Oronoque Westland: does anything ALWAYS work heehee?
Pathfinder Lester: that’s why i usually recommend folks do the Manual jump.
Pathfinder Lester: Oro….good point. ;P
Pathfinder Lester: perhaps we can try using SLURL hypergrid jumps at our next meeting.
Pathfinder Lester: for today’s tour, our first jump will be an instant hypergate one.
Pathfinder Lester: then a manual jump to NewWorldGrid.
Pathfinder Lester: then a local teleport to the region CERN
Ange Menges: oh and Path, I sent you an email with the hypergrid link for christmas
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, oh cool. i’ll look for it. ty!
Pathfinder Lester: so just walk thru this gate
Pathfinder Lester: and we’ll meet on ReactionGrid :)
Mel Blauvelt: I hope my Duvel doesn’t get vaporized
Pathfinder Lester: i think a bit of alcohol in your system makes the jump easier

Our group walks through an Instant Hypergate (aka a “Blamgate”) on the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID.

And we arrive on the region HG Gateway 1 on ReactionGrid.

Pathfinder Lester: we made it
Frank Avatar: :)
Pathfinder Lester: we’re now on ReactionGrid
Pathfinder Lester: our next jump is manual
Pathfinder Lester: *** How to make Manual Hypergrid Jumps in 4 easy steps ***
1) Open your World Map.
2) In the text box next to the Search button, enter the Hypergrid Address.
3) Click the Search button and wait for the map to move to the jump region.
4) Click the Teleport button.
Pathfinder Lester: and the hypergrid address is
Pathfinder Lester: regions.newworldgrid.com:13000

We all make a Manual Hypergrid Jump to the region Laasonen on New World Grid.

Pathfinder Lester: success
Pathfinder Lester: we’re now on the region Laasonen on NewWorldGrid :)
Frank Avatar: Great!
Ange Menges: hehe, nice gardens
Pathfinder Lester: this place has a nice beach
Pathfinder Lester: now, we just make a local teleport to the region CERN
Pathfinder Lester: just search for it on the world map
Pathfinder Lester: and make a regular teleport
Pathfinder Lester: i couldn’t find the hypergrid address of it, so we have to make a hop from here.
Oronoque Westland: seems like more grids are taking the needs of hypergriders into account
Mel Blauvelt: crosses fingers, let’s hope we don’t tp into a tiny black hole folks
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, yes!
Oronoque Westland: this is a nice welcome area

Pathfinder Lester: yes, looks good for meetings too!
Pathfinder Lester: ok, see you on CERN!

We all make a regular local teleport within New World Grid to the region CERN.

Graham Mills: Hey, it’s getting busy
Oronoque Westland: Graham!
Pathfinder Lester: Graham!
Oronoque Westland: thought I lost you
Pathfinder Lester: you beat us to it!
Graham Mills: Yes, I took the shortcut — sorry :(
Pathfinder Lester: lol
Pathfinder Lester: that’s great!
Oronoque Westland: SLOODLE!
Oronoque Westland: folks after my own heart
Graham Mills: Toujours SLOODLE
Graham Mills: :)
Pathfinder Lester: so, this area is being developed by someone who works at CERN in real life.
Pathfinder Lester: some models of the particle accellerator devices at CERN
Pathfinder Lester: and that big dome is a real life buildling at CERN, too.

Vanish Seriath: Nicely done.
Graham Mills: Yes, very impressive
Vanish Seriath: Is it finished?
Pathfinder Lester: we can get hardhats too. lol

Vanish Seriath: Looks a bit empty inside.
Oronoque Westland: things are happening here
L1 Loire: Hi all
Pathfinder Lester: V, i don’t think it’s completely finished
Pathfinder Lester: free hardhats over here!
L1 Loire: anything to cover up this hair! ;)
Graham Mills: I feel much safer now
Pathfinder Lester: lol
Pathfinder Lester: L1! you made it!
Pathfinder Lester: great!
Pathfinder Lester: i like how they have a pic of the real life accellerator next to the model here.

L1 Loire: never been able to get here at the right time before, glad to be here with you
Vanish Seriath: Yes, it’s great to compare the model with the pictures.
Pathfinder Lester: the other place I wanted to show folks is the Control Center. a model of the real life control center at CERN.
Pathfinder Lester: over here….
Pathfinder Lester: go inside, but DON’T PUSH BUTTONS. you might explode the accellerator!
Graham Mills: lol
Pathfinder Lester: now THIS is a CONTROL ROOM!

Graham Mills: They saw us coming
L1 Loire: wow!!!!
Oronoque Westland: is anyone seeing the videos?
Vanish Seriath: Heh, I’d love to have all these screens.
Vanish Seriath: Would make following things easier.
L1 Loire: no video
Graham Mills: There is some video elsewhere
Pathfinder Lester: i’m not seeing video, but i’m using Imprudence
Pathfinder Lester: i don’t thing video works well with Imprudence yet.
Graham Mills: Presumably parcel-based as it was OK for me
Oronoque Westland: I must come back using Hippo
L1 Loire: oh, me too, Imprudence
Graham Mills: (I’m in Imprudence)
Pathfinder Lester: man, i’d love to have this place as my real life office…
Frank Avatar: lol
Graham Mills: One day, Path…
Pathfinder Lester: lol
Pathfinder Lester: the creator of all this is Aime Socrates
Pathfinder Lester: i haven’t met them yet, tho
Oronoque Westland: nice design…private stations and round tables for collaboration
Pathfinder Lester: i just stumbled across this
Pathfinder Lester: Oro, yes, this is a good example of modelling RL architecture and office layout.

Graham Mills: The reception by the entrance has a few tps to other exhibits
Vanish Seriath: It’s really nice.
Graham Mills: The LHC is “under construction”
Oronoque Westland: Path is looking like a cameleon to me
Pathfinder Lester: my face is a bit messed up
Pathfinder Lester: teleporter accident!

L1 Loire: hahahaha
Graham Mills: :)
Graham Mills: or :(
Oronoque Westland: Scotty needs to bean you out and back again
Oronoque Westland: beam*
L1 Loire: I don’t even have eues
L1 Loire: eyes
Pathfinder Lester: looks like all the screens in here are pics of actual screens at CERN
Pathfinder Lester: Mel, i see you sitting there in front of a workstation. fire up the beam!
Pathfinder Lester: discover a new particle!
Graham Mills: Yes, shortly before the black hole incident of 2012
Pathfinder Lester: lol
Mel Blauvelt: shhhhhhh
Mel Blauvelt: they’re not noticing yet Path

L1 Loire: Now I am using my hat like my sleepy students :)
Graham Mills: I thought it rather, um, jaunty
Mel Blauvelt: *taps keyboard like a boss*
L1 Loire: imagine me slouching
Ange Menges: I would like to see the serious CERN engeneers with a christmas hat, Mel
Pathfinder Lester: L1, lol
Pathfinder Lester: should we try visiting some of the spots at the help desk?
Pathfinder Lester: i haven’t checked those out yet
L1 Loire: sure!
Mel Blauvelt: absolutely!
Oronoque Westland: Mel still has his mug lol
Graham Mills: I have to go soon so don’t be surprised if I drop out
Pathfinder Lester: i’m going to try to visit the “follow a proton”

Pathfinder Lester: ah, we were here before :)
Ange Menges: video
Oronoque Westland: Danger Will Robinson Danger
Pathfinder Lester: lol
Pathfinder Lester: oh wait!
Pathfinder Lester: this is NOT the same place
Pathfinder Lester: cam out!
Oronoque Westland: sky box
Pathfinder Lester: it’s a huge model of the accellerator rings

Pathfinder Lester: wow
Oronoque Westland: one side is sliced open
Ange Menges: I’m a big proton
Pathfinder Lester: very nice self-guided tour!
Pathfinder Lester: Ange, stay positive!
Ange Menges: lol
Pathfinder Lester: this is very impressive


Oronoque Westland: I really need to try it with Hippo to see how they make use of the videos
Pathfinder Lester: well, that’s the end of our official tour today :)
Pathfinder Lester: hope you all had fun
Frank Avatar: TY Pathfinder
Pathfinder Lester: i’m definitely coming back to explore more
Mel Blauvelt: that was awesome
Ange Menges: sure, thank you path
L1 Loire: thanks, Path, glad to see you and to have finally made it to the club!
Pathfinder Lester: great to have met you Frank.
L1 Loire: nice to meet everyone
Pathfinder Lester: and L1, so great you could make it. been too long since i’ve seen you last.
Oronoque Westland: really nice traveling with you all today
Vanish Seriath: Yes, it’s been great, as usual.
Pathfinder Lester: have a great rest of the day, everyone. and keep those hardhats handy!
Vanish Seriath: You too.
Oronoque Westland: yes
Mel Blauvelt: thanks Path, see you soon all!
Ange Menges: bye :-)
Pathfinder Lester: take care, my friends.

And so ends another day of exploring with the Hypergrid Adventurers Club.

-John “Pathfinder” Lester

About John Lester (Pathfinder)

John Lester is an expert in the educational use of virtual worlds and 3d simulations. His background is in neuroscience research and medical education, and he previously worked at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Linden Lab. John is currently the Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid Inc., helping clients develop new systems for immersive learning using web and mobile-based virtual world platforms.
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