Sansar Atlas Hopping, Episode 46!

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Today’s theme was creepy places to visit. Ebbe Altberg (CEO of Linden Lab, the makers of Sansar) joined us again. The Atlas Hoppers visited the following five Sansar experiences:

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Ebbe (striped shirt) and the rest of the Atlas Hoppers at Ivo’s Call

Here’s Drax’s livestream of the event (Strawberry is still on vacation):

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Sansar Atlas Hopping, Episode 45!

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The Ferris Wheel at Lakeside

Today we visited six Sansar experiences:

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Aerial View of Felsenmeer

Here are some photos that Andrew took:

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Drax Addressing the Atlas Hoppers at 114 Harvest
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Ant Farm
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Felsenmeer

And here’s Drax’s livestream of the event:

Exploring Digital Identity Through Avatars: A Look at Drax’s Our Digital Selves Documentary

Alice Bonasio has written an article for The Next Web about Draxtor Despres (a.k.a. Bernhard Drax in real life) and his recently-completed documentary called Our Digital Selves: My Avatar Is Me.

Titled Exploring Digital Identity Through Avatars, the article looks at how a variety of differently abled people choose to represent themselves in virtual worlds such as Second Life.

For those that speculate about the potential of social VR, it is interesting to note how inhabiting a virtual world allows these people to form and maintain meaningful relationships and connections with others, as SL user iSkye Silverweb recounts:

I don’t think my partner and I ever would have met in the physical world, even if we were in the same city, and it is because I am deaf.  Communication IS an issue for me; I would always be concerned about it, with meeting anyone.

It’s a raw and intensely emotional investigation into the power of living vicariously through an avatar, and how this – as one user puts it – “provides her with sustenance” and helps people to cope with all manner of both mental and physical disabilities.

It’s a great article and I urge you to go over to The Next Web and read it in full.

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Cody Lascala wearing a VR headset in Sansar

Sansar Atlas Hopping, Episode 41: We Go Clubbing!

Today, our theme for Atlas Hopping was clubs and clubbing. We visited the following five experiences:

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The Club
Experiences we visited:
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Dancing on the Platform at Tron Grid Prime Millennium
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Syngles Night Club

Sansar Atlas Hopping, Episode 40!

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The Crystal Cave in Witchy’s Upside Down

Today we visited the following experiences, all created by Beverly Zauberflote:

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Bedouin Nights

Here is Drax’s livestream:

And here is Strawberry’s livestream from Twitch (she has switched to Twitch from YouTube for her livestream):

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/268617324

The Drax Files #182: Our Digital Selves Documentary

On Friday I did something I had never done before—I participated in the taping of Draxtor Despres (a.k. Bernhard Drax in real life)’s regular podcast/broadcast The Drax Files.

I saw Drax posting a link to the private Sansar experience where he records his show on his Slack channel, and I decided to come and crash the party! Drax has asked me several times in the past to take part in his broadcast, but I never could do it before today, because I am at work when he records. On Friday, I was on holidays from my job so I could take part.

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Among the many people present at Drax’s taping of the episode was the anthropologist Dr. Tom Boellstorff, who conducted the research project that Drax was documenting, as well as the following people who were profiled in the documentary:

  • Cody Lascala
  • Shyla the Super Gecko
  • Jadyn Firehawk
  • iSkye Silverweb
  • Solas  NaGealai
  • Alumnia

Sansar Atlas Hopping, Episode 38: Draxstones, Meet the Draxstones!

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All of us wearing Alfy’s Draxstones cars at 114 Harvest

DRAXSTONES, MEET THE DRAXSTONES
THEY’RE THE MODERN TECH AGE FAMILY
FROM THE WORLD OF SANSAR
THEY’RE ATLAS HOPPING INTO HISTORY!

— Torley Linden

Today our theme was The Flintstones (or, as we decided to call ourselves, the Draxstones!) and car racing. Alfy made some cute Flintstones-type car attachments for our avatars, and Solas, Nya, Alfy and a few other people made Flintstones outfits for us all to wear.

We visited four experiences:

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The Atlas Hoppers at Silas Merlin’s art experience
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Racing our Draxstones cars at the Motorsports Complex!
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Racing our Draxstones cars at Cobblestones Racetrack

I just freaking love Sansar. Where else in the metaverse could you take part in a footrace wearing a Flintsones car, on a large modern-day racetrack? Yabba dabba doo!