Some years ago I joined a nifty virtual world called Kaneva. I spent a fair amount of time there, learned how to make some basic things, went to some parties, met some friends and had a pretty nice time. I … Continue reading
This blog is still alive – apologies for the long absence. I haven’t been able to update the blog due to RL getting in the way and issues with my laptop but it seems to have been sorted, for now … Continue reading
Today I had the pleasure of meeting with Wolf Hartnell. I have known OF him for as many years as I’ve been in InWorldz, but had never had a chance to chat with him, so this really was very nice. … Continue reading
After many months of hard work by Wolf Hartnell, the InWorldz marketplace on InIW.net is finally live! Shopping has just become a lot easier.
I know there are many people out there who prefer shopping in-world – which is all good but for lazy people like me the new marketplace is a godsend.
Uploading your products is super easy – you just add your items to a kind of magic box, then list them on the marketplace. It supports multiple pictures and direct teleports. So you don’t even need an in-world store. All you need is a tiny piece of land for the box that holds your marketplace items. If you don’t own or rent land, there are many residents who have dedicated FREE parcels to placing marketplace boxes.
We at LivingInWorldz.com hope that the new marketplace will attract merchants who want to put their products out there but have no time or resources to maintain an in-world store.
One thing to keep in mind is that the new marketplace is a third party service and is not directly affiliated with InWorldz LLC. Wolf Hartnell created the site independently , along with other services for residents of InWorldz. He is a longstanding member of our community and has done way more than his share to improve the residents’ experience.
Thank you, Wolf, and happy shopping, everyone!
InIW.net main page
This post is probably not what you’ve come to expect from this blog. It is, however, big news for InWorldz and the OpenSim community.
Beyond InWorldz, there is the Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy project (MOSES) which has been transitioning from OpenSim software to the same Halcyon server software that InWorldz runs and was developed independently from OpenSim for the last six years.
MOSES is a virtual world research project managed by Dr. Douglas Maxwell of the US Army. It is safety training used to prepare soldiers for emergencies in dangerous environments in a flexible simulation.
The MOSES project originated as research under the Second Life® Enterprise programme (SLE) but moved to OpenSim when SLE was cancelled by Linden Lab. However, recently the MOSES team started to run into limitations with the OpenSim software. When InWorldz open-sourced its Halcyon server software, the MOSES team discovered it as a compelling alternative. This is, in fact, one of the primary reasons for open-sourcing the InWorldz Halcyon software.
Why is this interesting to InWorldz residents?
One of the main reasons for open-sourcing the InWorldz Halcyon software was to make it accessible to others – a mutually beneficial arrangement where others get access to the software and at the same time can contribute to the development and improvement of the Halcyon software. This will directly benefit InWorldz users. A win-win situation!
Today, Dr. Maxwell’s team had its first Office Hours meeting on a new Halcyon-based MOSES grid. Its purpose was to demonstrate a smooth transition, improved performance, and especially avatar region crossings.
One of the differences noted by one of the participants was the lack of support for variable sized regions (var regions). The MOSES team commented that larger regions were actually sometimes creating problems due to users filling those larger regions with content that was all part of a single region server process. It was later explained that var regions are really just a workaround to the problem of region crossings rather than an actual solution. The test users today commented on the smoothness of the avatar region crossings under the Halcyon software.
We’re looking forward to hearing more on the MOSES – Halcyon collaboration.
So today I was fortunate enough to meet up with Calnia for a chat at Brewster Park. I was here about a week ago, exploring and taking pictures and really wanted to find out more about the background behind the … Continue reading
Lately I’ve not felt my best. Some anemia perhaps, not sure, but the tiredness has caused me to not be as social as usual. Normally I’m a chatty sort, out and about, interacting and such – though to be sure, … Continue reading
Moonrise Azalee: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview with me Zauber Paracelsus: Aye, thanks for contacting me about it🙂 Moonrise Azalee: So to start, how long have you been in InWorldz for and what brought you here? Zauber Paracelsus: … Continue reading
Today I had the pleasure of meeting with and interviewing Lexxy Moore – the Queen of Particles! She is a ‘dinky’ – a kitty avatar – most often, and today that is how she met with me.
Moonrise Azalee:Well, first of all, I’d like to thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me today
Lexxy Moore: my pleasure🙂
Moonrise Azalee laughs
Moonrise Azalee: So to start, how long have you been in InWorldz for?
Lexxy Moore: ooooh lemme check my profile lol – I was born on July 11th 2014. sooooo less than 2 years ago. I feel much older than that
Moonrise Azalee: Oh you do not look a day over one!
Lexxy Moore: I guess in human years I would be around 12 or 13, if we are like dogs
Moonrise Azalee: Hmm, i wonder how old that makes me then…(doing the math I am almost 28)
Lexxy Moore: oooooh much older than me
Moonrise Azalee nods “I am ancient”
Lexxy Moore: I love being small. We are adorable and can get away with stuff – I like to especially munch on human’s ankle
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, I agree! ( I decided to do the interview as a Dinky also – it’s not so often these days i find reason to shed my human skin)
Moonrise Azalee: And what brought you to InWorldz? How did you hear about it, or what made you decide to check it out?
Lexxy Moore: well back in the 2000’s I briefly tried Second Life. I wasn’t in many groups and so I got bored. I also was being griefed/bullied and decided to leave. “self…you should try another virtual world” so I did some research and InWorldz looked very promising.
On my 2nd day here I attended a live music performance. and after the concert the performer Steven Strikker and his InWorldz wife Qwirky Snoodle adopted me. I was so amazed at the friendly people here that I stayed.
Moonrise Azalee: That’s sad about the bullying and such on the other grid, I’m sorry to hear that! What first impressions did you have of InWorldz when you arrived here almost two years ago?
Lexxy Moore: Well literally my very first impression was when I landed at the starting area and was cheerfully greeted by one of the InWorldz mentors who gave me an Explorer HUD and other goodies. It was a great first impression for a newbie. I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to try some roleplay.
Moonrise Azalee nods and listens
Lexxy Moore: so I joined Bim and Andor Rasmuson’s Unified Lands. It was there that I started scripting. I took Shadow Song’s scripting classes and everything today took off from that. I was only there about three months but made some amazing friendships.
Moonrise Azalee: You say you learned scripting, is that something you focus on now that you are settled into InWorldz?
Lexxy Moore: Well a bit of background… in real life (RL) I was a Computer Science major in college, and then a programmer after. So the scripting here really was a nice fit with the skills I already had – although my programming was a bit rusty hehe. but yes almost everything I do now creatively involves scripting. My building abilities are extremely limited. I can rez out basic prim shapes and torture them a bit into twisted shapes but my doggies still look like horsies and my cows look like rabbits.
Moonrise Azalee: Oh! Well, then you build in the same style I do!
Lexxy Moore: haha I guess so ! I think of myself as a Mathematical Artist. I paint with shiny particles.
Moonrise Azalee: Do you remember the first thing you made or scripted?
Lexxy Moore: well the very first things were HUDs – the ones in Shadow’s classes and then some HUDs for my friend ladycasandra emerald. she was building guitars and drum sets for Dinkies. and needed HUDs to control the animations and also some particle effects for the drums. you can see those in my LexxyTech store display
(landmark at the end of the interview)
Moonrise Azalee: What are some of the other things you have worked on – either for yourself or for others?
Lexxy Moore: well some quick history… after I worked on the Dinkie HUDs I started experimenting more with particles and how the emitters can be made to move in space. About that time Jeri Rahja asked me if I could submit a piece of art for the 2015 ArtFest “The Art of IWz Love” so I wracked my brain and decided to combine all the things I had learned so far. I rezzed it out here on my build platform it is particle art that visitors can interact with via the rezzed HUD. when nobody has touched a HUD button for a bit it goes into “Demo Mode” which changes the settings
Moonrise Azalee: Is it the same as what is in front of me?
Lexxy Moore: yus give it a try🙂 you can press the Reset button or any of the setting buttons to get out of Demo Mode
Moonrise Azalee grins and wrings her furry paws together “okay!”
LexxyTech Particle Spin Controller v1.3: Exiting Demo mode…you are in control now.
Lexxy Moore: the arrow buttons change the setting values
Moonrise Azalee: Can i hit any buttons? (starts touching all the buttons)
Lexxy Moore: yush – try spin
(just a note that my screen refused to rez properly for me – I had too many things running.. the buttons and such are much clearer in ‘person’ )
Lexxy Moore: all six settings change every 5 seconds in demo mode, which makes for some interesting patterns. this art piece is basically v1.0 of the gadgets I use in my particle shows today, instead of six settings (as in this hud on display) I now have 15, plus an additional 11 special effects I can trigger. and I’ve flattened and rotated the display so it can fit on a stage behind the DJ or performer
Moonrise Azalee: Thats a great idea, and It’s really beautiful.
Lexxy Moore: fun to play with isn’t it?🙂
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, it really is
Lexxy Moore: if you want I can tp you to the place I do shows with Ganjo Mokeev every other Tuesday night to give you an idea of how it looks now
Moonrise Azalee: Sure!
And we arrive at http://places.inworldz.com/Elektra/79/194/1002 The Loft Blues Club in Elektra
Moonrise Azalee: So, tell me about this place we are at right now? You do shows here?
Lexxy Moore: yep my very first particle show was here back on May 19th 2015 so roughly 1 year ago the owners Dick Pinelli and Rusty Larimore asked if I could do a show with Ganjo Mokeev every other Tuesday night. Ganjo is an amazing live performer.so I owe my start to The Loft Blues Club🙂
Moonrise Azalee Waves to the bartender who sseemed busy wiping counters.
Lexxy Moore: Slim Pickins never moves from that spot behind the bar, poor guy
Moonrise Azalee *grins* awww, he must really like his job
Lexxy Moore: If you look behind the stage I’ll show you some basic particle show stuff — ok so remember the gadget you were just playing with?
Moonrise Azalee nods
Lexxy Moore: just think of the setup here…as that gadget but rotated up against the back wall but instead of only 8 particle emitters there are now 32
Moonrise Azalee: Oooh,Thats so pretty!
Lexxy Moore: it creates some cool kaleidoscope effects
Lexxy Moore: another fun thing I can do is make the particles extend out toward us in a tunnel best view is straight down the center I call this “Warp Drive Mode” hehe. As you can see…the particles can get pretty intense I try to be very careful and keep them out of people’s faces. also some folks can have serious health issues when viewing fast moving colors, so I give plenty of warnings before the shows.
Lexxy Moore: I also have some other effects I can trigger, the backdrop you see there is actually three backdrops
Moonrise Azalee: It’s really amazing – and you weren’t doing this in SL at all?
Lexxy Moore: nope I didn’t get into this until InWorldz
Lexxy Moore: I can make the backdrops change colors or apply a texture like this Earth
I can spin the backdrop
Moonrise Azalee: ooh yes
Lexxy Moore: or animate the texture like this can change the alpha (how see-through it is)
Moonrise Azalee: yes!
(note that for part of this interview I didn’t realize I had turned PARTICLES wayyyy down instead of Draw Distance – her particles are even better up close and personal and WITH your particles on /facepalm)
Lexxy Moore: and the glow I can get some funky effects by messing with all three backdrops
Lexxy Moore: then I have flames, these are good for roasting the drummer
Moonrise Azalee: LOL
Lexxy Moore: and particle lasers – can do all sorts of things with those , also some prim lasers I’m still working on. Some nice smoke/fog for the floor🙂
Moonrise Azalee: This is really beautiful. Very amazing… you’re like an all in one crew
Lexxy Moore: haha you have no idea, I have 11 huds up on my screen for shows, nothing at all is preset so every show is different
Moonrise Azalee: Now that You’re coming up on two years in InWorldz, what would you say are your favourite things about it?
Lexxy Moore: oh that’s an easy one…my favorite thing about InWorldz are the people friendly, supportive, creative people in every group I’ve been a part of – I also love waffles – but the people are even better than waffles
Moonrise Azalee laughs
Moonrise Azalee: Do you have any upcoming projects you’re working on, or would like to work on?
Lexxy Moore: well my ongoing groups are Golden Touch Theater (dancer/scripter), The Dinkies Band (Beatles tribute band), rosy ogray’s Funsters Band and of course my own LexxyTech shows. I also do a 3rd Friday of the month event with Astoria Luminos (DJ) and my The Loft gigs. My latest project is with a very talented visual artist named Thoth Jantzen I believe you just did a blog about him🙂
Moonrise Azalee: I did, yes!
Lexxy Moore: I will be combining my particles with his visual media in an event soon and it will be exclusive to InWorldz I will never take my shows off-grid. I really want what I do, and what other artists do here, to bring more folks to the grid and by “grid” I mean InWorldz🙂 As for my own particle shows, I plan on adding more interactive features this year so that the audience can participate
Moonrise Azalee: What do you feel are some of the things that people who’ve never been to InWorldz would appreciate that can’t be found elsewhere?
Lexxy Moore: well right off the top of my head… Neytiri Omatikaya’s PyroVR fireworks are ultra realistic and only found in IW – Golden Touch Theater does amazing shows only in IW. I believe Thoth Jantzen is only doing his visual media here now. If you are into roleplay we have tons of options including Bim and Andor’s Unified Lands, Amaya Tyrell’s Game of Thrones, Pirates vs Navy sailing/combat, Star Trek (The Rookery), etc
Lexxy Moore: It is a nice niche somewhere between Second Life and the smaller grids
Moonrise Azalee: I would agree with that for sure.
Lexxy Moore: I sometimes do wish there were more than 200 or 300 online at a time : but then again a performance of any kind, on any grid slows to a crawl with more than about 50 people on a region so maybe more people would be bad.
Moonrise Azalee: Yes, it certainly can sometimes hinder a performance to have a huge amount of people in attendance at one single event.
Lexxy Moore: oh one other future project. I created a LexxyPop Particle Venue and had its grand opening earlier this year it is basically a sim-wide hollow sphere where I can totally control lighting I plan on doing a few repeat performances this year and then a brand new show early next year – and a BIG thank you to quadrapop tree. She inspired my first particle creations and has given the LexxyPop Particle Venue a home and she is an awesome friend too
Moonrise Azalee: What would you like to see in your future here at InWorldz?
Lexxy Moore: honestly I would just be happy if InWorldz remained successful so that I could be here with all my buddies. I have way more friends here than I do in RL, I’m guessing that is true for most of us
Moonrise Azalee: I think a virtual environment is an amazing way to build real friendships with people who are on the other side of a monitor far away.
Lexxy Moore: amazing and in many ways the “best” way to build relationships. you get to know a person from the inside. Ooooh that sounded gross!
Moonrise Azalee: Well, I think I know what you mean, you get to see how a person sees themself, without any of the limitations put on them by their real life
Lexxy Moore: and I also find that folks open up here, where in real life they may be shy. This is a great place to spread your wings and soar – well I’m a cat so I can’t do that – but I spread my paws as wide as I can and then jump off things.
Moonrise Azalee: You sure can! And make amazing imagery! Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today, it’s been great getting to know you!
Lexxy Moore: it has been a pleasure !
http://places.inworldz.com/Railroad%20Valley/98/133/27 – LexxyTech Store
http://places.inworldz.com/Elektra/80/207/1003 – The Loft Blues Club
http://places.inworldz.com/Wyldwood%20Bayou%20NE/66/102/27 – Rockin’ the Blues
Some more Pictures!
Lexxy also gave me her list of Pictures and Videos of different events and such that she has been part of , contributed to or been featured in. I shall provide them here, as it is a great list and there are lots of other fun InWorldz things to be seen via them also.
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater IW7 Repeat Performances
2016/03/27 Pawsum Particles IW7 Event – DJ Calliope Andel
2016/03/26 Exhibit “Southern Charm” ArtFest
2016/02/28 Pawsum Particles LexxyPop Particle Venue – DJ Wolf Hartnell, Tenbears Running (Video), Rig Torok (Photos)
2016/01/15 Pawsum Particles David Bowie & Alan Rickman Memorial Concert – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/12/31 Pawsum Particles New Years Eve – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/10/25 Pawsum Particles FallFest – DJ Wolf Hartnell
2015/05/03 Dinkies Band WeeFolks HUB Opening
2015/03/29 Dinkies Band IWz Birthday
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater “Illumination”
2016/04/30 Golden Touch Theater “My World”
2016/04/02 Golden Touch Theater “Compass”
2016/02/13 Golden Touch Theater “Fire and Honor”
2015/12/12 Pawsum Particles WinterFest Toys For Tots Event – DJ Astoria Luminos
2015/07/04 Pawsum Particles InWorldz Desert Island (Taika Wirsing) – Fourth of July Event 7p IWt (DJ NiteShade)
2015/02/01 Exhibit “The Art of IWz Love” ArtFest
I met Thoth Jantzen previously when poking about some of his displayed creativity on a platform above Quadrapop Tree’s region. I was first drawn to the Egyptian items that he had created, but learned quickly that there was way more to … Continue reading