Metaverse Newscast Episode 3: My Interview with Galen in Sansar

I am happy (can you say, ecstatic!) to announce that episode 3 of the Metaverse Newscast is finally available on YouTube! (Bronze and higher-level patrons on my Patreon page have been able to watch an earlier version of this video for several days already, as a special “thank you” for financially supporting this blog and the fledgling pre-taped show. I will continue to offer Patreon patrons exclusive sneak previews of our work every month, as well as other nice perks and benefits in future. Thank you for your support!)

Actually, this was the very first episode my producer and main cameraman Andrew William recorded last August (along with Carlos Perez as second cameraman), but the way things worked out, the first two episodes about events in High Fidelity were released first.  Andrew and I have learned a lot since August about how to conduct interviews and record and edit the videos, which means that future endeavours will be even better! We are challenging ourselves to raise the bar for each new video in the series.

(By the way, we are looking for an assistant video editor for the Metaverse Newscast. It will be a volunteer position to start, but we do hope to work it up to a paid position at some point in the future. If you’re interested, please use the Contact page on my blog to send me a message. Thanks!)

But this is the very first video we recorded, and you can tell how stiff I am in my avatar! You will notice that Galen looks much more comfortable and natural during our interview than I do. (You can even tell from this photo! And I look like an insurance salesman or a Jehovah’s Witness or something…I never wear a suit in real life!)

In particular, I seem to have a great deal of trouble figuring out what to do with my avatar’s arms as I am holding the Oculus Touch hand controllers in VR! So I do apologize in advance (and I also believe that Linden Lab has also improved their inverse kinematics a fair bit since this interview was taped last summer). I swear, I will hire a personal trainer and get in some arm exercises! 😜 I’ve also discovered with experience that my avatar looks much more natural when I conduct interviews standing, instead of seated.

So, without further ado, here is my interview with the talented Sansar scripter Galen, shot in the studio created for us by Tyler Scarborough:

The next Metaverse Newscast video will be released in March 2019, and will be an interview in Sansar with the wonderfully creative avatar fashion designer Solas NaGealai, who is perhaps best known for her work in Second Life for the brands Silvan Moon Designs and Lune Bleue (the latter being a label she has expanded to Sansar).

If you missed episodes 1 and 2, you can watch them on the Metaverse Newscast channel on YouTube.

P.S. If you enjoyed this interview, Andrew and I shot a ton of extra footage in a couple of Galen’s experiences in Sansar, which we hope to issue as a follow-up show sometime later on in 2019. So stay tuned!

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Atlas Hopping with Drax and Strawberry, Episode 27!

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Picture: Talking on the Roof of Urquhart Castle

Did you know that there are now over 900 published experiences in Sansar? Today we visited the following experiences, three of which were selected at random from the Sansar Atlas:

Here’s Drax’s livestream of the event:

And here’s Strawberry’s:

There’s a real feeling of camaraderie at these Atlas Hopping events that has developed from the same people meeting week after week, but newcomers are always welcomed!

Update Feb. 25th: Medhue shared some wonderful pictures of our Atlas Hopping adventures, and he gave me permission to post them here. Thanks, Medhue!

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Scene of the Day: Metaverse Newscast Studio

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Today’s scene is from the snazzy studio built by Tyler Scarborough (a.k.a. Dynamic Evolution) for the upcoming Metaverse Newscast! We’ve decided to put off launching the Metaverse Newscast until November at the earliest because we still have a lot of details to work out, but at least we have this great studio! Thanks, Tyler!