Oct 28

Halloween

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Halloween in second life is great fun. Every club decorates and many people, like me, dress up. Here I am “Half Alive”. I’ve made a couple of videos. One on the fly, a snippet a bit spoiled by picking up my typing noises. I will redo it. BGut here it is anyway:

I then made a video of myself on my island which I decorated. Great fun. bat-emitting tomb; giant spiders; flashing sign; fog etc.

Here are a couple from last year:

That’s about it for now there will be more to come.

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Oct 10

Essential Free Graphics

From eCollege.me

A good graphics program is essential. Photoshop is used by all professionals and I did a free online course where I learned the essentials. Photoshop CS2 is very old but available free of charge. I use it primarily to make backgrounds transparent. I have a green studio in Second Life (dot) com which makes it easy to make a background transparent. The whole process takes minutes.

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To make a background transparent use the magic wand to highlight the colour range then create a layer. Then go back to the main layer and cut the highlighted background. Save the file as a PNG which preserves the transparency. Once I have the image with the transparency I can add it to any picture I like.

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However for everyday work I use Expression Design because it is so much easier to use. You can produce excellent graphics and manipulate images. You can also import Photoshop. PNG files are great and hold transparency information. I use it to create text logos and signs. It is made by Microsoft as part of the Expression Studio. The latest version is free.

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You can get Expression Design here

If you need icons there is a good site here, Click on picture.

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talk Because I am not very good at Photoshop and Expression Design is so easy to use I import the sheet of icons as a jpgtalk copy then cut out the ones i want. However you may want to get rid of the background so use Photoshop for that. All this takes minutes. It is worth spending time learning both Photoshop and Expression Design. A lot of my learning has taken place through experimentation.

To capture any image on your computer you can use “Print Screen” top right on your keyboard. If you want to be a bit more sophisticated download and install 4 Shared Shot . This enables you to have control over what you capture.

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TIP: Be careful when you download and install some free programs. The only way they make money is to install add ons. These can be toolbars or set your search engine to one they get commission on. Always install using the Advanced option and deselect the add ons or search engine choice.

 

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Oct 02 2013

Commission

You can commission a video by filling out the form below. Just give me your ideas perhaps a music choice and I will make a movie for you. I specialise in second life so if you have a function or a club I can make one for you. I have 6 club videos on Personal Domains dot net Go to the Video tab. Made with the latest software I can even do widescreen. The video come fully packaged for you and can be put up on YouTube or any domain if you don’t want it to be public. The capture software I use is Camtasia 8 (2013) which produces high quality small files with a built in player.

Getting your own domain is very easy and very inexpensive, a few cents a week. Full training if required is given; Skype me dude.starship (Ireland) asking for video details and we can chat or fill out the form below.

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Sep 21

Slider Cats

This is an example of using Hi Slider a great program for displaying pictures eithe in a blog post or in a web page. its a free program and comes with a WordPress plugin.

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Sep 07

Studio Work

greenstudio_001I have a green studio for capturing stills and motion with a removable (green) background. This opens a world of possibilities. The animated gifs I can create are possible tho the background removed on its own leaves a black background rather than a transparent gif. However in movies this can be done. I have lots of experimenting to do fortunately over the years the learning curve has ceased to be steep. I found some good titling animations I will start including.

Nice fire animation I used throughout. Will work on trying to do professional titling. I have Jessika’s video to do which will be a lot of fun. I just love making movies it has become a passion 396 on YouTube must do something special for the 400th. Heres one with Titles but mucked up the ending sigh. Watch it full screen

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Feb 01

Virtuality and Networks

Without going out of my room I can know the whole world

 

Lao Tzu wrote that some two and a half thousand years ago, perhaps he was predicting virtual reality.

We have the technology now to go shopping online for bigger items than baked beans or clothes. A car? Well it would be a start rather than tramping round endless showrooms trying to ask intelligent torque questions. I could go online and look at dozens of cars THEN I could be given the nearest showroom at what was in stock given my preferences. THEN gp out and view. Of course you have to have the touchy feely element. Thats of course if you are BUYING a car rather than SHARING ONE! See Video after on Collaborative Consumerism

 

BELOW TAKEN FROM COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION DOT COM

The Movement

TIME names Collaborative Consumption as one of the “10 Ideas That Will Change The World.

Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping reinvented through network technologies on a scale and in ways never possible before. Watch the video.

From enormous marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist, to emerging sectors such as social lending (Zopa), peer-to-peer travel (Airbnb) and car sharing (Zipcar or peer-to-peer RelayRides), Collaborative Consumption is disrupting outdated modes of business and reinventing not just what we consume but how we consume. New marketplaces such as TaskRabbit, ParkatmyHouse, Zimride, Swap.com, Zilok, Bartercard and thredUP are enabling “peer-to-peer” to become the default way people exchange — whether it’s unused space, goods, skills, money, or services — and sites like these are appearing everyday, all over the world.

For a list of some of the hottest start-ups in the Collaborative Consumption space, check out our Snapshot of Examples.

Click here for an infographic that summarizes the three systems of Collaborative Consumption, the key drivers and the four key principles that make it work.

 

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Feb 01

Motivation

faviSometimes I get a bit lost. I lose faith. I think no one can understand that the idea of everyone getting their own personal domain. [see Personal Domains dot net] see a foolish one. Sometimes I feel very alone. And cold. Its so simple. It took Ted Nelson two years to get people to believe in Hypertext. Two years. That feels like a lifetime. In two years a created a little Internet empire for myself. Then lost it all when I got cancer. Was ready for death, 95% chance it will kill me. It didn’t. But that was two years of my life. Hell. So I have started again. Since the end of December I now own and run 33 generic Top Level Domains. Two clients. My Cyberculture paper is being used by a professor in their teaching. BUT AGAIN WHY AREN’T PEOPLE BEATING A PATH TO MY DOOR? This video helps1

 

Definition of insaninty: Someone who persistes in the same thing but expects a different result. Been doing this since 1998. Am I Insane>? I think not. The conditions have changed see : http://21stCenturyNetworks.net

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Feb 01

I Dunno

summercolorI do like PowerPoint but in some ways its old fashioned. I dunno. I will do a Prezi. BTW please watch my Videos Full Screen. Can’t read the 404 web server so here it is sorry: I visited a broken link and got this so much better than saying ERROR 404 This web Page does not exist:

 

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Jan 31

Cyberdude

faviA Starman,
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Dude Starship aka Cyberdude aka http://onlymoi.com

Goodbye love
Didn’t know what time it was the lights were low oh how
I leaned back on my radio oh oh
Some cat was layin down some rock n roll lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade a ade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase ha hase
That werent no d.j. that was hazy cosmic jive

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hed like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

I had to phone someone so I picked on you ho ho
Hey, that’s far out so you heard him too! o o
Switch on the tv we may pick him up on channel two
Look out your window I can see his light a ight
If we can sparkle he may land tonight a ight
Don’t tell your poppa or hell get us locked up in fright

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hed like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

Starman waiting in the sky
Hed like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
Hes told us not to blow it
Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me:
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie

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