Photos from the Karaoke Party at SIN’s Studio Club, Oct. 21

Here is a picture of my karaoke debut in VR, courtesy of Solas. For the record, I was singing Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and I was just killing it (literally)! 😉

Karaoke Ryan at SINs 21 Oct 2017

And here are a couple more that I took:

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The last photo is Tyler Scarborough, singing Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show….

And then I crashed out of the Sansar client completely 😦

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: Let’s Do the Time Warp Agaaaain….

Karaoke Ryan at SINs Lets Do The Time Warp Again 21 Oct 2017

Let’s just be happy that there are no audio recordings of this event!

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Inara Pey Blogs the Sansar Product Meetups Oct. 20th

Inara Pey blogged this past Friday’s in-world product meetups.

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Carolyn (right) addresses the afternoon product meeting, Friday October 20th, 2017

The following notes are taken from the Sansar Product Meetings held on Friday, October 20th. These meetings are held every Friday at 9:30am PTD and 4:00pm PTD, and are open to all. There is currently no set agenda, and the meetings are a mix of voice and text. The official meeting notes are published in the week following each pair of meetings, while venues change on a weekly basis, and are announced in the Meet-up Announcements.

The October 6th meetings took place at Witchy’s Upside Down, a Halloween themed experience by Beverly Zauberflote.Product team members Cara and Carolyn attended the morning and afternoon sessions respectively, with Jenn and Brett Linden, the Digital Content Manager at the Lab leading / attending both.

General Announcements

  • Contest results: both the attachments and the Sansar’s Scariest competitions have now…

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Religion, Spirituality, and Virtual Reality

 

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Basilique Notre Dame de Montréal, Montréal, Canada. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Religion/spirituality and VR may seem like an odd pairing, but the idea of churches in virtual worlds is not a new thing. There have been churches operating in Second Life for many years now.

In the virtual world of AltspaceVR (which was recently bought by Microsoft), D. J. Soto is launching what might be the first church service in virtual reality:

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He says:

Welcome to the Virtual Reality Church! VR Church exists to encourage you on your spiritual journey.

What’s Virtual Reality Church like? The first 30 minutes are somewhat formal with worship music and a mini-sermon. The rest of the time is very informal with discussion and hanging out.

At the beginning, a VR pastor will welcome everyone. Then we will spend the first 5 to 10 minutes listening to worship music. During this time, you can sing, mediate, pray, or simply take it all in by enjoying the worship music.

After the worship music, a VR pastor will give us a short interactive sermon. Sermons are designed to encourage your spiritual journey.

At the end of the sermon, we encourage attendees to meet each other and to discuss the sermon. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, make new friends, or simply hang out.

Who can attend? Everyone is invited! It doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not.

Who is Pastor DJ? DJ Soto is a pastor, apostle, and film-maker from the United States. He has a passion for movies, gaming, technology, and virtual worlds. He also has a passion to think of new ways to spread the message of God’s love for the world. Feel free to email your prayer needs to Pastor DJ at djsoto@sonata7.com.

Also of note is SacredVR, which bills itself “The World’s First VR Spiritual Community”, and which hosts weekly meetings in AltspaceVR and Sansar. Here’s a link to their Sansar experience, which is just one of the Sansar standard scene templates for now. Meetings are every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time.

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Stupid Sansar Tricks: Baby Walking

At yesterday’s product meetup at Witchy’s Upside Down, Tyler Scarborough announced that he has discovered a new form of locomotion in Sansar: the baby walk. He had us all laughing as he demonstrated how, by just barely touching the arrow keys on his XBOX controller, he could make his avatar slowly move forward in tiny, baby steps!

Well, Ravioli said “hold my beer”, whipped up a walker as an avatar attachment, et voilà!

Baby Walking in Sansar

Virtual Egyptology: Inara Pey Blogs a Journey in Time in Sansar

I was not able to attend this special presentation, but Inara Pey has made a full blogpost about the talk given by Egyptologist Dr. Philippe Martinez in Sansar last week, complete with links to the experiences.

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Voyages Live: Egypt: people arrive at the cenotaph at Gebel el-Silsila. as recreated in Sansar from a model built by INSIGHT Dr. Phillipe Martinez is centre foreground in the blue jacket

On Wednesday, October 4th, I was one of a number of people who joined a special immersive “voyage” through ancient Egypt, visiting three sites of antiquity which are not open to the public in the physical world, but which have been digitally re-produced in a virtual environment for the purposes of study, and have also been optimised for presentation in Sansar.

Joining us for the journey were Kevin Cain, Director of INSIGHT – the Institute for Study and Implementation of Graphical Heritage Techniques (also sometimes called Insight Digital) and Dr. Philippe Martinez, INSIGHT co-founder and Lead Archaeologist, author, and University of Sorbonne professor.

The cenotaph at Gebel el-Silsila, located on the banks of the river Nile, available…

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Giraffes!

I honestly don’t know what the deal is with Sansar and giraffes. It seems to be a sort of in-joke, something along the lines of Second Life and hippos (something else I also seem to have missed out on). Torley Linden has said, in answer to the question “Where are the giraffes?”:

Some of the giraffes are in upcoming scenes not yet released. There is at least one giraffe reference on a Sansar Studios avatar outfit, though.
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Anyways, the creators in Sansar have been a pretty restive bunch of late, complaining about various new store policies, and so the artist Silas Merlin (a.k.a. Jean-François Le Saint) has created giraffes with pitchforks (available for free in the Sansar Store), used with great effect in this picture:
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