Oops! My Bad…

Last night, I paid a long-overdue visit to Sinespace, and I honestly don’t know how I did it, but somehow I had landed up using a version of the Sinespace client with an older user interface, which I mistook for being a brand new one, which of course I blogged about! Adam Frisby quickly contacted me via Discord to point out my mistake, and I landed up deleting that blogpost within twenty minutes of publishing it.

So yeah, that was my Wednesday night. No, you weren’t seeing things; there was (briefly) a new blogpost which got quickly taken down. (Those of you who subscribe to my blog via email will have received a record of my folly, which you might want to frame and hang as a permanent memento of my misdeed.)

Sorry, Sinespace! Sorry, guys! Sometimes, you just royally screw things up. I have no idea what happened to my Sinespace setup to resurrect the old UI, but I will be doing a fresh install of the client, from scratch, in order to get things back to normal.

You can expect that I will resume my sponsored blogposts about Sinespace. Adam Frisby and his team have been hard at work on a new release, with lots of new features (and he kindly shared this public list with me). And Breakroom (Sinespace’s platform for educational, corporate, and conference use) has been busy too; yesterday was the final day of the virtual Guanajuato International Film Festival, which was held on the platform.

Stay tuned! More Sinespace (and Breakroom) news to come soon.

I Pay a Visit to Geek Weekly at the Localhost Connection Café in Sinespace

Please note that I am taking the rest of the summer off as a self-imposed vacation from the blog so I can focus on my other work, except for sponsored blogposts (like this one), and the occasional exception. See you in September!

Today I did something that I hadn’t done before: I dropped in to the weekly meeting held at the Localhost Connection Café and Hangout, called Geek Weekly (which I blogged about previously here). One of the hosts, Carsten, describes Geek Weekly as follows:

Geek Weekly is your Monday morning social event, to get to know good people talking about extremely geeky things! It’s a little free-form but every week will be a little geek culture and science and technology news, live Sinespace show and tells, some fun trivia, talk of good books you’ve read or want to read, and socializing. You don’t have to bring anything but yourself. Nor do you have to know Unity or how to roll a D20. Come have fun.

So I decided to take Carsten up on his invitation and pay a visit. Carsten Stark and his partner ArtemisBane, who co-designed this wonderful meeting space, have expanded the futuristic urban area around the café. In previous visits, it had always been at night, but I was pleased to see that the world also had a daytime mode.

The pavement is slick with recent rain. Somebody opened up a nearby fire hydrant, and there is a spray of water shooting out over the street.

We gathered inside the Localhost Connection. I asked how many people usually came out to these weekly meetups, and Carsten told me he gets about a dozen people.

Carsten is host, and we start off with introductions, following by a wide-ranging discussion prompted by various interesting news items Carsten finds. This week we talked about:

Afterwards, we had was a round of trivia, followed by an opportunity for show and tell about any real-life or Sinespace projects each of us was working on. I found it to be a comfortable, convivial setting, with good company, and I expect to return in subsequent weeks, as my schedule allows.

Geek Weekly is every Monday (9:00-10:00 a.m. PST; Noon-1:00 p.m. EST; 5:00-6:00 p.m. BST) in the Localhost Connection Café and Hangout.

I posted a number of pictures of the Localhost Connection when I first blogged about the café back in May. There’s also the Explore page on the Sinespace website, with a few more snapshots of the interior. Artemis and Carsten have put a lot of hard work into creating and decorating this space, and it is well worth a visit!

If you’re new to Sinespace but want to attend this event, you’ll need to download and install the Sinespace client on your computer (there are Windows, Macintosh, and Linux clients). Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to get started in Sinespace. If you already have the Sinespace client installed, just click on the Explore button and do a keyword search for “localhost”. Everybody is welcome!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Sinespace Pick of the Day: Convergence (Through the Eyes of Chic Aeon)

Please note that I am taking the entire month of July off as a self-imposed vacation from the blog so I can focus on my other work, except for sponsored blogposts, such as this one. See you in August!

Today’s Sinespace Pick of the Day was submitted by photographer Chic Aeon, who tells me:

Taken at Convergence June 16th 2020. Filter used. Definitely one of my favorite spots.

Here is the Sinespace Explore page for Convergence, which was built by user EventAccount1.

Chic wins 500 Gold (Sinespace’s in-game currency) for her picture. You can win some money, too!

Here are The Sinespace Pick of the Day photo contest rules:

  1. Pictures must have been taken by you, of a region within Sinespace. It must be a picture primarily of a region, not an avatar (although you can certainly include avatars in your picture). You may submit a picture of your own region, or of a region created by somebody else.
  2. All pictures must be of high quality, and high resolution, but no larger than 2.1 MB in size (otherwise, they will have to be resized to fit on the official Sinespace blog, and then they will then have to be reduced in quality).
  3. IMPORTANT: You must email 1) the picture to ryanschultz [at] gmail [dot] com, along with 2) your avatar name (for the photo credit), and 3) the name of the region where you took the picture. If you do not include all three items in your email, your entry will not be considered for the contest.
  4. Creative use of the built-in Snapshot tool in the Sinespace client is encouraged! Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what you can do

If I select and run your submitted picture (on the RyanSchultz.com blog and/or the official Sinespace blog), you win a prize of 500 Gold to spend as you please on the Sinespace Shop!

So let’s get creative, and showcase some of the beautiful worlds in Sinespace!

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here). 

Hot Summer Nights Party Happening July 8th, 2020 in Sinespace!

This Wednesday evening, July 8th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time/8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, come join us for a 1950-themed party in Sinespace!

According to your hostess, Mimi Marie:

Have you reserved your parking spot yet? Route 69 is almost ready!! Save the Date: July 8th 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST. If you’re looking for fresh inspirations, check the Sinespace shop for some timeless looks waiting to be worn! Our creators and designers have been busy for this special themed Event.. colors, playful looks and more! Guys and girls fashions! Be sure and get your souvenir dated themed event shirt! Route 69 will be the place to be seen!

This ladies’ top and neckscarf set is by Monks, and comes in seven different colours, with the party logo on the back. It is available for only 25 Gold (or 5,000 Silver) each on the Sinespace Shop. There are also matching poodle skirts for only 50 Gold each (you can see the red one in a couple of the pictures below).

Monks is also giving away a men’s retro bowling shirt on the Sinespace Shop for free, which comes in seven different colours, and also has the party logo on the back:

Cindy Bolero had created an amazingly detailed recreation of a 1950s diner!

See you at the Route 69 Diner this Wednesday evening! Just click on the Explore button in your Sinespace viewer and search for “hot summer nights” to find the world! Bring a nickel for the jukebox 😉

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to be running the latest PREVIEW (2b) version of the Sinespace client to be able to attend this party. I tried to get in with earlier versions of the client, including the latest release build, 2019.1b44 r8076, and I could not get into the world created for this event (they couldn’t even teleport me in!).

Download the latest preview version of the Sinespace client here, and when you run the installer, be sure to pick the Preview build, which at the time of this writing is 2019.2b52 r9334, and NOT the Release build:

This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).