Communicating between Virtual Worlds – RADIONNE

Many people are exploring virtual worlds such as Second Life as well as the growing constellation of Opensim-based worlds.

Here’s a neat device that can help you communicate between them all.

It’s called RADIONNE.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #36+37: Visiting Help Island on ReactionGrid

The region Help Island on ReactionGrid is being developed by Tinsel Silvera.

It contains resources for new avatars including a freebie area, a Gallery of Prims for new builders, and Hypergates to various places to explore.

For today’s two meetings we visited Tinsel’s region and had a great discussion about best practices for helping new users in virtual worlds.

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Something is amiss on Pathlandia

Found on the region Pathlandia on jokaydiaGRID.

Hmmm.

I suspect it has something to do with this.

Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #35: Giant robot junkyard on FrancoGrid

What’s cooler than robots?

Giant robots, of course.

For today’s meeting, we visited FrancoGrid to explore a junkyard complete with a derelict giant robot, a toxic lake, and a submarine.

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My interview with Paisley Beebe on “Tonight Live”

On January 23rd 2011, I was an invited guest on Paisley Beebe’s “Tonight Live” show in Second Life.  Thank you again to everyone on the Tonight Live and Treet.tv team for working so hard to put on such a professional show and the opportunity for me to participate.   I had a fun time, and thank you to everyone who attended as well.

I shared some of my thoughts about my time working at Linden Lab, some simple advice for Linden Lab’s new CEO, my new gig with Reaction Grid, the state of education in virtual worlds, and the future of interconnected virtual worlds in general.

I hope I was entertaining.  If anyone would like me to expand on anything I said in the interview, please leave a blog comment and I’ll happily reply.

Here’s a recording of my interview.

-John “Pathfinder” Lester

Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #33+34: Visiting “Romenna,” a Tolkien-themed 16-sim cityscape.

I’m often impressed by the things we discover in our club’s travels across the Hypergrid.

Opensim is a pioneering platform where everyone is building anew, and that pioneering spirit brings out an amazing level of creativity.

But on this particular tour, we discovered something that completely blew me away. We found a cityscape spanning 16 regions. A Tolkien-themed area called “Romenna,” created by a single artist named Nick Lassard.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #31+32: A Message in a Bottle for StaminaGrid

For this Sunday meeting, we made a couple very special excursions on the Hypergrid.

Instead of discovering strange new worlds and interesting new creations, we found an empty and vacant place.

So we left a message in a bottle.

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Hypergrid Adventurers Club meet #30: Exploring giant geometric models and mathematics

At this meeting visited the region Wizzy on ReactionGrid.  At this location, Wizard Gynoid has created a giant model of the E8 Polytope, one of the most complex and elegantly beautiful geometric objects known to mathematicians.

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

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The next 4 meetings of the Hypergrid Adventurers Club will be hosted by Vanish Seriath

I’ll be offline for a week starting Jan 12.  So I won’t be around to host the next four meetings of the Hypergrid Adventurers Club.

But the show must go on!

Vanish Seriath frequently attends our club meetings, and he has graciously offered to lead the next three meetings.

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New Mailing List for the Hypergrid Adventurers Club

Our Hypergrid Adventurers Club continues to grow.  At our last meeting we set a new record by having people from 5 completely different grids attending our club via Hypergrid connections.  We typically have about 20 people attending our big Sunday meetings. And we’re even expanding our collaborative efforts to other grids.

In addition to our weekly inworld meetings, we stay in touch with each other via this blog, our #HGAC hashtag on Twitter, and our IRC channel.

It’s always good to have different options for communicating.  And it’s especially important to use the right tool for the right job.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to create a Google Groups mailing list for the Club.  This will allow us to have more detailed ongoing discussions.  I also hope this new list will allow us to talk about broader topics such as education and the exploration of all kinds of different virtual worlds.

I’ve had very good success with mailing lists in the past.  They’re a great way to help a growing community evolve.

And boy, we are growing!

Take care,
-John “Pathfinder” Lester