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What do you guys think about the idea of hosting a virtual world, the same way we would host a website? Each world would be connected through a “broswer,” or a viewer, as it is more often called with vws.

Here is a snippet from an article, link to full article at the bottom.

Derived from Inspired by Second Life’s open-sourced viewer code, the BSD-licensed OpenSimulator Project was presented by key developer Adam Frisby, a young Australian with a distracting resemblance to Charlie from “Lost.” With an aim of becoming the “Apache of virtual worlds,” OpenSim is built with a set of modules that can be tweaked and added to without disturbing the underlying code. Frisby announced that his team is working with Linden Lab to connect OpenSim-driven servers to Second Life six to 12 months down the road.

Among OpenSim’s developers are two full-time employees of IBM. “What we did is hook that up with IBM’s Open Source team to see how we can contribute,” Michael Rowe, the company’s “3D Internet Manager,” told me at their VW2008 booth. IBM is using Open Sim to experiment with practical 3D applications, including a “3D-Data Center” (pictured) that’ll enable developers to plan, build, and monitor server farms. At the same time, it’s also part of the company’s dedication to leading the way to an open 3D Internet. IBM’s Craig Becker foresees a coming “[S]tabilization of two [to] three virtual world platforms, and it’s important they interoperate.”

For the full article… http://gigaom.com/2008/04/08/here-comes-the-open-source-metaverse/

Alhaji posted this a while back, thought it loked better here than in the email :) Anyone know if the painting still exists?

Article

I heard about this during the week-end while listening to one of my favorite podcasts : The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

It is an article that summarizes a new development in supercomputers. What is not said in this article but emphasized on the show is that the technicians that worked on it said that we are moving toward having those available to the general public in a close future(for a very steep price). Right now they are only used for military and research purposes.

They actually used 8 “Cell Processors” in this supercomputer. The “Cell” Technology is already available to the general public through Sony’s PlayStation 3

I can’t wait to have one of these “petaflops” on my desk(or under I guess)… Now I regret even more not going for a Ps3 instead of a 360…

And this also delays once more the building of my “Ultimate Computer” which is supposed to have the best available Processors, GFX card, memory etc… all under 2000 bucks; The technology that is available is constantly developing, which cause prices to decrease in very short periods of time; what was a great bargain last week may be a rip-off the week after.

Cool Tech

Hey Guys,

for anyone who’s interested, here is a really cool youtube video about a Carnegie Mellon student who rigged together some head tracking software using his Nintendo Wii.

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Just an example of the interesting new avenues opening up in digital media.

For those of you doing slide scans during the summer, you’ll probably need to install Nikon Scan 4.0 since most of the computers don’t have it. The link is nearly impossible to find, so here it is.

Nikon Scan Download

Also, for those of you who would like Photoshop, but can’t afford it (most of humanity I believe,) you could try the Gimp, a freeware graphics program created by the University of Minnesota. It has almost all the functions of Photoshop and none of the cost. You can find it here.

Gimp Download

I believe Brendan even pointed out they have a Photoshop appearance plugin so the layout will look the same.

Mapping for Dummies

A good and/or goofy place to map multiple locations.
http://www.batchgeocode.com/

Online excel to kml converter.
http://www.earthpoint.us/ExcelToKml.aspx

Hey everyone. Mack went over a bit of this in his Photoshop workshop, but the methods for using the Photoshop interface for digital art rather than picture editing are quite different. Thus, an introduction to Photoshop for digital coloring. I hope its helpful to those of you who’d like to get a head start on doing this before I give a workshop on it.

Tutorial

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