Lighthouse building projects
“Linden Endowment for the Arts has granted RJ Kikuchiyo a 3-month residency in LEA2, where an “Open Studio” retrospective of work from 2006-2016 will be open to the public.
Also on site is the Bauhaus Museum and collected works by Steadman Kondor, of 1920s Berlin”
Visit the virtual reality location here
Linden Labs™, the makers of Second Life™, have recently awarded RJ Kikuchiyo a sim for 3 months as part of the Linden Endowment for the Arts program. I’ll be using this space as an ‘open studio’ kind of environment, accessing my inventory to exhibit virtual model environments from previous projects. I’m still sorting out what to do with the ground level, arranging a virtual city of lighthouses as a starting point. More to come and updates soon!
I’m really excited. I don’t usually get excited often, but today I spent a little while tooling up and down the seaways of the virtual reality grid InWorldz with a model I built of the Ernestina, based on the one I built in years past. I’m very pleased to see the scripts provided by BWind and adaptation to the physics of InWorldz resulted in one of the most fantastic representations of sailing virtually that I have seen. And I’ve been looking. Thank you to the folks who are developing this like Tenbears Running of Scrimshaw Boatworks and all the folks who are using InWorldz the way I envisioned the metaverse would look like in these early days.
I have documented here on this site over the years my attempts at a mock up of virtual boating environment. In the 1990’s I used laughably slow computers to make some rudimentary data-driven simulations. Today I can clearly see a path towards making this simulated boating skills tool a reality. Working with great folks like mentioned here, a life saving tool can be realized, giving form to this dream of mine.
Over 30 Days at Sea. More than 25 Participants. The Foundation for Safe Boating and Marine Information has sponsored an on-the-water education program dedicated to introducing the residents of the local area to their marine environment. This year the topics included marlinspike seamanship skill building, navigation and chart plotting basics, and whale watching / marine biology basics during the 4-hour cruises aboard the Foundation’s vessels. On land, pre- and post- boating season, the mission continues with education for the public with respect to our local waters, being good samaritans and custodians to the coast.
Below are just some of the sights from the season of Teach and Take a Kid daysails. The boats used were Sonar 23′ keelboats, and a Hunter 31′ cruising sloop. For more information about the 2015 season plans and how you can get involved, visit the FSB Website. Special thanks to those who support the programs and features of the Foundation. Even more thanks to those participants who learned about the marine environment and continue to share the job of caretaker!
This season is starting out with great weather and great participants in the 2014 Summer Teach & Take a Kid program! For more information about the Foundation for Safe Boating, or how to get involved with the many programs there, visit the website, or give a call. I’m sure they would love to hear from you! (http://boatingandmarineinfo.org). The first leg took us from Amityville, NY on the Great South Bay to Fire Island Sailor’s Haven at the National Wildlife Preserve and Seashore. The chart screenshots are provided by NOAA for free, in PDF form at their site: (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts/).