Project spiderlamp

For years, I have been looking for a perfect lamp in my livingroom. Nothing beats a home-made one, of course. So when i found an original and complete(!) Matador hobby-box in the local thriftstore, I decided to give it a go.

60 euro and 2 weeks later, I have created my own ‘spiderlamp’.

It looks simple, (assemble and go) and I think recreating it would take me 1 day, instead of the 14 days of problem-solving, testing and shopping around that I enjoyed so much.

I bought another lamp in the thriftstore, quite ugly, but I love the little black lampshades. They are made of glass, containing perfect halogene fittings.

I think the Matador box is really old, but they still sell simular boxes today. My daughters friend Eminy helped me with the spiderlegs, we were one part short but managed to trick the missing part with glue and saw. Electric wires had to be eye-candy too, of course. But how to stick the lampshades to the wooden legs? It was a puzzle.

It is beautiful!!!

Killer Robots – Scary Monsters

Artificial Intelligence (AI) leaders are sending warnings of “a third revolution in warfare”.

A killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

Experts are calling for a ban on the use of AI in managing weaponry.

Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against entire populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

The Spacenavigator

Filming in Second Life with the Spacenavigator – I found out the hard way that the driver updates (for Windows 10) will not work with the 3dconnexion mouse. So, a clean install of the old 3.16.3 r1447 drivers fixed the problem! It is also on the cd that came with your SpaceNavigator 🙂
The link to the old driver is here:   3dconnexion

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In case this doesn’t work, as the issue is not related to the windows 10 driver of 3Dconnexion but to the poor implementation of Joystick API of Second Life viewers (standard & firestorm), follow the following steps after installing the drivers.

You need to deactivate the HID controller associated with “3Dconnexion KMJ Emulator”. Unfortunately second life viewer only recognizes the first alphabetic driver, i.e. K of KMJ before S of Spacenavigator. (Actually this was true with windows 7 as well, so it is definately not a W10 issue).

How?

In Windows, go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management. Select the Device Manager from the left pane, and then choose the Human Interface Devices and check to see if you have a device called 3Dconnexion KMJ Emulator. You may or may not be able to disable this device (Properties > Driver > Disable), but disable it if you can. Additionally, find a HID-compliant device, HID-compliant game controller, or HID-compliant consumer control device, and check the Hardware ID (Properties > Details > Hardware IDs), looking for HID\3DXKMJ_HIDMINI&Col03 as the topmost value. When you find the device, disable it from the Driver tab.

A brilliant explanation is to be found on NALATES blog.

She mentiones that you should close all other applications while setting the properties in your SpaceNavigator settings, and this did the trick for me. The nav will make any application that is open the key app, and as I use it mainly in Second Life……

Thanks, Erythro Asimov, for your help!

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Spencer Museum of Art in Second Life – gone!

One of my favorite spots in the virtual world of Second Life is the Spencer Museum of Art. I have been filming there, for my Robotworld series. After weeks of trying to teleport over, with no luck, I contacted Inara Pey, and she investigated – only to come back to me with the bad news: the sim is gone.

Crazy, that it has been gone for weeks, and nobody even noticed, it seems?  Sigh. It cannot be just me, I heard that it is a favorite hangout for many Linden employees, and their director Ebbe Altberg.

Can one be sad, over the lost of a virtual place? Certainly. I am.

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I met many people there, only recent spent hours talking with an Italian filmmaker and art curator, sitting on the giant couch, commenting in awe on the art surrounding us. The outstanding art machinima by Toxic Menges was shot there, recently showcased in Leicester UK, at the machinima convention – which featured mr. machinima Hugh Hancock himself (so glad I met him!).

INternational Machinima Convention

I was filming, never finished the machinima – a hard lesson to be learned. As my mum used to tell me: never postphone … she was right, of course.

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Shortcuts for twitter

Keyboard Shortcuts for Twitter? These are great!

?           Opens a pop-up containing keyboard shortcuts.
n          Opens up a dialog box to post a new status.
r           Replies to the tweet that is selected.
t            Retweets the reply that is selected.
m         Sends a direct message to a user.
/           Takes you to the search box
.            Moves you back to the top of the page and updates your feed.
g + h  Takes you to your Twitter home page.
g + r   Takes you to your Mentions (NOT Messages)
g + m Takes you to your Direct Messages.

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Source: MakeTechEasier

The Ma Machinima Salon 2016

On October 7, my new movie ‘Activate Your Higher Mind’ is premiering in San Francisco, California. The show is an exclusive event, if you want to attend you need to contact me so I can put you on the guest list.  You are very welcome!

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The film (machinima) is a one hour vision on Art in Virtual Reality, and perhaps a retrospect on 8 years in Second Life, but more so a very personal journey into the future.

Please send me an email (chantalharvey -at -outlook-dot-com) or personal message on Facebook, so I can put you on the guest list, and give you details about location and time.
Special thanks to Cathy and DC Spensley for hosting the Mamachinima Salon.

The Animaze Film Festival in Montreal

Animaze is an international film festival and conference exploring the world of animation in all its diversity. The 2016 focus is Virtual Reality.

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The festival is bringing a world of animation to Montreal. With a selection of short and feature-length animated films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an outdoor 360º Dome with planetarium-style projection and a Virtual Reality Cinema, Animaze has an inspiring and dynamic range of content across platforms and mediums.

Filmmakers and professionals from over 65 countries will converge on Montreal from August 18-21. Over the course of four days Animaze celebrates animation with:

  • Screenings of over 160 films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Animaze Industry Conference with an exhibition hall, panels and speakers, networking opportunities at HOTEL10
  • An outdoor 360º dome
  • The Virtual Reality Cinema
  • Free outdoor screenings at Parc des amériques on August 19 and 20.
  • Talks and special events

Rome 2016: Art, Friendship and Charlie

Looking back at a great week in Rome, with Cathy Spensley, DC Spensley, Rubaiyat Shatner and his cousin David .
Occasion was the showing of DC Spensley‘s virtual world artwork and living ecosystem ‘ARS PLASTICA‘ ,  in Pineta’s unique gallery Pied à Terre 37788.  Pied à Terre is owned by Laura Rossi and Paolo Monti.
We stayed in an AirBNB loft, that felt like home.

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The lazy susan on the table (she served us all week), Cathy playing the piano, DC projecting his art and Fellini movies on the wall, Rubaiyat and David at the table doing their nerd stuff and appreciating our food 🙂 and Laura and Paolo Monti helping us out with grappa and limoncello and all of us partying . Huge pans of fresh tomato soup. The image of Paolo climbing the ladder and sitting in the window will always stay with me. Yes, we still have it, we know how to live !!!! New friendships were made, for live. And we met Charlie.

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Rome, here I come!

I am traveling to Italy, to see the world debut of Ars Plastica projected live into Pied à Terre 37788, Rome the evening of July 4th, 2016.
The artist DC Spensley will be on hand to act as a guide. The application will be available for pubic download at www.arsplastica.xyz after July 5th.

If you are anywhere near, visit the expo and meet the artist, and say hi to me too!

This is not what it seems.
Ars Plastica, virtual world artwork and living ecosystem by DC Spensley

Ars Plastica, virtual world artwork and living ecosystem by DC Spensley
 

On the surface Ars Plastica is a downloadable virtual world, an experiential story about the remnants of an alien colony vessel discovered by an Earth exploration spacecraft. But Ars Plastica is also an exhibition of meta-sculptures, each a demonstration designed to engage the art viewer in reflexive and reactive experiences, nuances of what is generally considered “interactivity”.

To visit the sculptures requires the logged in art viewer to soar through an oxygen rich gas bubble wedged between stars far from our reality. On the way you will notice a world teeming with plant and animal life once intended to colonize and populate another planet. This is the story of a shipwreck, of invasive species, of a futile attempt at manufacturing homeostasis surrounding a catalog of artworks somewhere between inert and interactive.

Call Pied à Terre 37788, Rome (+39) 338 8.107.315 for information about informal evening guided tours on July 5th through 7th.