Jaron Lanier will be interviewed by Wagner James Au of the long-running blog New World Notes. Jaron will discuss his book, which charts three decades of VR, and tells the story of the enormity of what we are witnessing as the medium impacts our lives. The talk will also touch on Jaron’s work as an interdisciplinary scientist at Microsoft, and his thoughts on the latest generation of VR technology and social platforms.
How do you find out what’s going on in the various social VR spaces/virtual worlds? Often the best way is to consult their upcoming events listings. In this blogpost I am going to link to all the various event schedules that I have been able to locate for each of the major metaverse platfrorms.
First, let’s start off with Second Life. The Events listing in the Second Life client (under Search in the Firestorm client) can be a bit overwhelming due to the sheer magnitude of events listed (there’s also a lot of store advertising spam mixed in). You can use the handy drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the Search window (under the General, Moderate, and Adult checkboxes) to limit your searching to, say, live music events. There’s also an events page on the Second Life website, which doesn’t appear to have as many events listed as you can find using the client. There’s also a Featured Events listing in the Destination Guide, which can direct you the major events happening around the grid.
Sansar has an upcoming events calendar within the client software, displayed prominently on the right-hand side of the screen when you first log in. There’s also a Rolodex icon labelled Events in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, which you can click at any time to see the events listings:
High Fidelity has an upcoming events page in pinboard, agenda, or calendar month views. Unfortunately, there’s no events listing within their client, on their tablet user interface, so you’ll have to rely on the website to get your information before you go in-world.
(Update: I just discovered that there is an in-world display board of upcoming events in High Fidelity’s Start domain, which you can search for on your tablet UI under the “Go To” icon:
Sinespace has an Events section on their official blog, but it’s not updated very often. You’re better off loading the Sinespace client software and getting information from the Upcoming Events section on the left-hand side of the log in screen:
There’s also an upcoming events board located near the spawn point at the Sinespace Welcome Centre:
VRChat actually has a VRChat Events website with links to their Discord server and to an online calendar of events. This is a separate Discord server from the very busy main VRChat Discord server, with different channels for each of the regularly scheduled events happening in VRChat, including the popular Endgame talk show. There’s simply no better way to stay abreast of everything that’s happening in VRChat! There’s also an official events calendar on the VRChat website. (Surprisingly, there is no upcoming events listing within the VRChat client, a glaring omission.)
The friendly rivalry between Draxtor Despres (Drax) and Strawberry Singh (Berry) in our weekly Atlas Hopping adventures in Sansar is a long-running joke on the successful series (now up to nineteen episodes; you can see past episodes by Drax and Berry, who each livestream it to YouTube). I have joined them most Saturdays and it’s been great fun to go explore 3 to 5 new experiences each week, bickering along the way!
For the landmark 20th episode of Atlas Hopping, and the first one of 2018, Drax and Berry are taking their rivalry up another notch—with each being the team captain of two Torley-inspired teams (Pink and Green, of course!) in a first-ever Scavenger Hunt!
Here’s a picture of me and Drax in front of the main instruction board located at Debi Baskerville’s wintertime White Out experience, where the Scavenger Hunt will be held on Saturday, January 6th, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time/Sansar Time. Meet at our usual meetup place for Atlas Hopping, 114 Harvest, and then we will all head over to White Out!
To participate, you must go over to Debi Baskerville’s store and pick up your FREE sweatshirt (male or female). Because you won’t know ahead of time which team you will be assigned to (Green or Pink), you must get BOTH sweatshirts! Going into Lookbook to do a quick change of your wardrobe before the hunt is a simple task to perform.
Show up at our usual starting point for Atlas Hopping, Drax and Ria’s experience 114 Harvest (if you decide to go straight to White Out, that is okay, too, but it would be easier if we all met up at the usual gathering spot to avoid confusion).
If you are planning on joining this event, you will want to load the Sansar client and visit both the 114 Harvest and White Out experiences to have them preloaded in your cache for a smoother experience. You can install the Sansar client, if you don’t already have it, at https://www.sansar.com/download.
If you’d rather watch the fun and chaos unfold instead of participating, go to this link for Drax’s YouTube livestream of the event: LIVE from 114 Harvest: Atlas Hopping Episode 20 [Scavenger Edition] (I assume Strawberry will be livestreaming this event as well; I will provide a link, when I have one, to add her livestream to this blogpost.)
UPDATE 8:10 a.m.: Debi Baskerville raises an important point:
Keep in mind that I will be re-saving White Out just prior to the beginning of Atlas Hopping when I hide all the objects. We don’t want people to be able to come in and find the objects too soon.
So for those wanting to precache the experience, please do so no sooner than 10 minutes before the event begins. Thanks! So excited to play this game with all of you!