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Gallery: Athens-Hudson Lighthouse in SL™

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Gallery: 2016 FSB Teach and Take A Kid Program at Athens Yards

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This season, The Foundation for Safe Boating went upstate to continue the Teach and Take a Kid Sailing Program mission with the Hudson River at Athens Yards, a special use facility on the Hudson River’s West Bank, about 100 Miles north of New York City. So far the scenery and setting has been a fantastic way to share appreciation for the waterways of New York with our program participants.  More good weather ahead means we should be seeing more participation as the season comes to an end, October 1.  Thank you to all who have participated in the Programs so far! (more…)

Gallery: Stereographs v1.0

 

Linden Endowment for the Arts, or LEA™

“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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/119/123/26

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!

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Gallery: Ernestina-Morrisey Project in SL Winter 2015-2016

 

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These lovely shots show a Mesh model version of the Virtual Schooner Ernestina out of Massachusetts paying a visit to Slapdoogle Park in SL.  You can visit her now during the 2015 winter layup here in Second Life. (more…)

Gallery: SL Graf Zeppelin Avatar Scale Airship

In a virtual world, sometimes you reach over the clouds, and a peaceful place can be found in the sky, for work or pleasure.  This accurate scale version of the Graf Zeppelin, allows you to walk through a full-size zeppelin in realtime. This gigantic floating cruise liner can put you in a time and space not seen since the 1930s. The specs: 1/4 Sim in size, (256x64x80m)

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Gallery: Graf Zeppelin visits Knaptrackicon Sim in SL (Flight Test)

A flying version is in the works, currently being tested.  In this flight, Graf Zeppelin 3D Model descends over the rooftops of a tiny Mediterranean seacoast village.

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Gallery: Ice Boats

Based on a Caravel design, the lateen-rigged double-masted cargo trader would ply the rich seas of the ancient world.  Often these boats were built on age-old designs, with a rugged sail plan that just plain worked with a minimum of cloth material for sails.  The fore-and-aft rig allows for good upwind performance and tacking is made simple by way of the topmast rigged spar, later to become known as the boom on western designs; a requirement for sailing the Nile River, or the Coast of East Africa in the forgotten past as well as today. This vessel may be as small as 22 feet (7 meters), but could get as large as 125 feet (40 meters)!

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Gallery: 1:5 Scale Zeppelin in progress – Interior

Some revisions to the decks, bulkheads, and more lighting tests…
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Gallery: Ernestina of New Bedford Sailing Virtually in InWorldz Grid!

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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.

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