Author Archives: John Lester (Pathfinder)

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.

Hypergrid Safari – The evolution of exploration across the interconnected Metaverse

Between 2010 and 2012 I had a lot of fun organizing and running the Hypergrid Adventurers Club (HGAC) meetings.  Those were the very early days of Hypergrid connectivity in Opensim, and things often went awry during our explorations.  We all stuck together and helped … Continue reading

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Nerd Humor – “Hello, would you like to hear a TCP joke?”

If you laughed, you might enjoy this one as well. Also, I was going to tell you a joke about UDP… …but you might not get it.

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Hot Wheels Dobe

Our 14 year old doberman Jasper has been slowly losing mobility in his hind legs due to canine degenerative myelopathy.  He has no pain, is happy and alert and loves life.  He just stumbles a lot now because of his … Continue reading

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Brief Thoughts on Ebbe’s Keynote at VWBPE 2014 in Second Life

It was good to hear Ebbe Altberg, Linden Lab’s new CEO, speak at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2014 Conference in Second Life today. Ebbe addressed a number of pain points with the educator community in Second Life and brought some healthy … Continue reading

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Giving a Virtual Worlds Lecture – April 7 @ 6pm PDT in Second Life

On Monday April 7 at 6pm PDT I’ll be giving a Virtual Worlds Lecture in Second Life. The title of my talk is “Finding the Balance between Pedagogy and Technology.”  Here’s a summary: One must always seek a thoughtful match … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts about a mobile version of Second Life: SL Go

I tried out SL Go today. Wow, it’s beautiful and fast. Seriously impressive from a technical perspective. Could definitely make mobile a more viable access point for Second Life users. And beyond simply viable, I can imagine new ideas for … Continue reading

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Upcoming Conferences on Experiential Learning and Virtual Worlds: Let’s Meet!

Howdy folks, I’ll be attending these two upcoming conferences.  If you’re planning to attend either of them or if you just happen to be in town when they occur, please contact me via my about.me page if you’d like to meet up … Continue reading

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A new Automated Hypergrid Directory with Great Potential

Two of my biggest challenges when exploring Hypergrid-connected regions across the multitude of Opensim-based grids have always been: 1) finding places where people are currently visiting and 2) not wasting time trying to connect to places that are offline. And over the years, … Continue reading

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club – Visiting the Center for Global Health’s East Africa Traveler Safety Simulation

Yesterday, the Hypergrid Adventurers Club (HGAC) visited the Center for Global Health’s East Africa Traveler Safety Simulation.   About 20 of us made the voyage, initially gathering at JokaydiaGrid and then travelling together as a group.  This was the first HGAC trip … Continue reading

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Rebooting the Hypergrid Adventurers Club and Thanking Latif Khalifa

If you’re a fan of the Hypergrid, you should definitely check out the new 1.8.3 release of the Singularity viewer for OpenSim and Second Life. In particular, take a look at this section in the update notes.  The fact that it … Continue reading

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