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  • Vanessa 05:54 on 30/06/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Love Beach – Art Party – Friday!

  • Vanessa 20:39 on 27/06/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Love Beach – Friday Party! 

    What time should Friday’s festivities be?
    And what events?
    Here’s what I have so far:

    1. Bumper Boats
    2. Frog Fight
    3. Dance Party
  • Vanessa 21:03 on 26/06/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Love Beach, Sunday

  • Vanessa 22:57 on 24/06/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Love Beach! 

    avatars standing on the sand at a virtual beach at the LEA1 sim in Second Life

    Liz Solo, ETS & Kafkagome Bekkers @Love Beach

    Come Rez U Face @Love Beach @LEA1!


    1. Take a selfie
    2. Write “I Love You” on it (or anything you like)
    3. Come rez a prim @Love Beach @LEA1
    4. Put your selfie on your prim

    Everyone is welcome
    Because we love you!

    Day 85: Love Beach

  • Vanessa 17:33 on 05/04/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Newton, Mr., TO: Reality, Loose, of Schedule, RE: 

    About this “Collaborative City” thing. It’s excellent. Let’s do it.

    Here’s the schedule I’d like to work around — Jane’s walk 2017 is 5-6-7 May:


    I’d really like to have something up to Walk/Talk for Jane’s Walk. So what if we kept the current Week of Welcome format for something like 3 weeks, then went for a clean slate, giving us 2 weeks of Collaborative City before Jane’s Walk. The “city” might or might not be finished, but at least there’d be 2 weeks of something to walk/talk. Maybe we could slice the 3 months up into 4 blocks of about 3 weeks. In the 2nd half we might have another open block and another special themed block… ?

    • 1-20 April – Weeks of Welcome
    • 21 April – 5 May – Collaborative City

    What do you think???

    And by you, I mean Newton, Mr., but also I mean anyone else who wants to chime in with ideas, thoughts, questions, etc!

    • rmarie 19:15 on 05/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks V, Only concern is getting a jump on organizing the 2 week city project in terms of participants. Also Newton and Marie are limited by RL starting the week of April 10. I worked your comments into the Google Doc, and others can see it too if they want to.


      • Vanessa 05:55 on 06/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

        got it — would it be better to do the Pop-up City (or whatever it’ll be called) after Jane’s Walk then?

        • rmarie 20:17 on 06/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

          How much time and energy do you and Izzy have for the pop-up cities in April and May? As of now, Newton could kick it off the week of May 8 and run a workshop on May 13. But we will be away for 7-10 days between the 20th and the 30th.

          I enabled full edits in that google doc! What the hay!

          • rmarie 20:19 on 06/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

            In addition to my above reply, I think it’s a good idea to wait on the pop up cities until May and June, so that some community building can happen. I think people need to get a sense of how they can contribute to builds, even if they don’t build with prims and mesh (texturing, project managing, other types of collaborating).

            • Vanessa 05:45 on 07/04/2017 Permalink

              so keep the Weeks of Welcome through Jane’s Walk? And then maybe move on to Pop-up City on 8 May?

              That might be good. I do think we need “ramp up” time for CAA-VUP. I’m thrilled with what’s happened so far, but it isn’t the beehive that LEA23 was. Partly I think that ramped up slowly also. And partly I think we’d been doing more projects so the VBF group was more connected and engaged. Peeps like Newton, Mr., have been awesome at continuing the creativity, but at least on my end it’s been a pretty long radio silence. Still, it’s exciting to see both old friends turn up, and to meet new peeps. It’s interesting the number of CAA-VUP participants who are “new” to me, but have actually been on the grid for 8-9-10 years. I’m not sure how much being next to LEA5 helps, but for sure it at least helps a little. LEA2 on the other hand, can, of course, drown in their own damn curtain walls! 😛

    • rmarie 20:02 on 07/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Many people who are currently rezzing on LEA1 are very connected and engaged with each other. For the past 2 years, they have been producing together inworld steadily, and at least 6 of them have been working together very closely. The amp up will be good for cultivating awareness of these groups, for everyone’s sake. But this awareness thing goes both ways. People who are rezzing on LEA1, by virtue of doing that, are encouraged – dare one say obligated? – to reach out to others and make themselves and their interests known, and chime in.

      See you Saturday!

  • Vanessa 20:49 on 26/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Avatar Tarot Challenge

    Want to participate in the cool CAA-VUP Avatar Tarot Deck?
    Here’s everything you ever wanted to know:

  • Vanessa 18:53 on 26/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

    New “Add Media” button here on MU Talk!

    Short & to the point version

    Howdy all! We have a new Add Media button that you’ll notice in the upper-right of the text entry box. With the previous version of MU/T you could do everything right here on the frontend, except add a picture! 😛 Who ever wants to do that??? 🙁


    Long, Boring Version (TMI / TLDR;)

    read more if you dare…

  • Vanessa 07:04 on 25/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Welcome to MU College of Avatar Architecture!

    new blog post:

  • Vanessa 23:21 on 15/05/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Hello Everyone 

    I love you.

    sepia  toned photograph of Vanessa Blaylock sitting on a bench

    Vanessa Blaylock

  • Vanessa 23:02 on 17/07/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Ant Farm 

    photo of a green plastic ant farm


    So far every person I’ve told about Art Farm replies, “Oh, Ant Farm sounds cool!” 😛

  • Vanessa 01:46 on 15/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Micol Hebron Facebook 

    aww, look, Izzy’s big-screen TV is Micol’s Facebook cover image! 🙂

    Screen Cap of Micol Hebron's facebook page

    • Newton 03:05 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was really good, thank you Vanessa. Just listening to Micol speaking about all of the things she has done and is thinking about was transporting. She has great energy and the film festival series followed by her talk was a really solid learning experience. Moments like this really make MU what it is. Looking forward to seeing what Micol does in SL too. All the best, Newton

      • Vanessa 19:45 on 05/07/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Newton, thanks so much! It was great to have her visit campus! And your own contributions to MU were also transporting! Cafe Sophistry was a visionary and beautifully executed series of investigations and collaborations!

  • Vanessa 23:00 on 14/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Pix of today’s Visiting Artist talk by Micol Hebron:


  • Vanessa 17:07 on 05/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Micol Hebron, visiting artist, Sunday 14 June ’15 

    Poster for Micol Hebron talk at Medici University


    Micol Hebron
    Medici University Visiting Artist
    Sunday 14 June ’15
    Noon California / 8pm London / 3am Monday Hong Kong
    Medici University / LEA23 / Collaborateopolis / Maria-5
    + live stream: twitch.tv/vaneeesab

    Film Festival

    Monday 8 June, 7pm PDT(SLT)
    Autobiography, 2 min
    • I love You I hate You, 4 min
    • Final Fantasy, 15 min
    • Memorial, 23 min

    Wednesday 10 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Artist Statement, 4 min
    Book Drag, 1 min
    Advice to Recent MFA’s, 17 min
    Helping Hand, 6 min
    Dare You, 10 min
    Dare You 2, 9 min
    Plus: Launch Event for The Official Michael Green v6.0’s Kickstarter Campaign!

    Friday 12 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Who are you?, 58 min

    Saturday 13 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Gallery Tally, 7 min
    Hebron Rolecall, 11 min
    Angry Feminist, 3 min
    TnA, 10 min
    Fontbron, 11 min

  • Vanessa 22:52 on 31/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships!

    Care for some RL Cash & a trip to RL Australia?


    • Myra 00:38 on 01/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      They need Izzy to fix their website.

  • Vanessa 18:04 on 30/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    The Last Hours of Laura K.


  • Vanessa 15:15 on 29/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Physical vs Digital Existence

    Jason Silva / Shots of Awe

  • Vanessa 16:09 on 26/05/2015 Permalink | Reply


  • Vanessa 15:03 on 21/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ## Trends 2030 Here We Come https vimeo… 

    Trends 2030 Here We Come!

    Trendwatcher Richard van Hooijdonk looks to the future. Thanks to new techniques and the possibility to combine any number of options, we are sitting on the forefront of great changes. Changes that will take place in the fields of economy, work, society, technology, media, marketing, entrepreneurship and science. “Singularity” ensures that all our problems will melt away. Not to mention 4D printing, Internet of Things, Sensors, Big Data, Google Glass and cognitive computer chips that think like we think, foresee what we need. How many years until everyone has their own robot or drone? “Newism” is the frantic beating heart of the online world; hyper-competition, globalization and super consumerism. Can you handle it? Because it’s coming! Major trends are coming your way.
    More info about this inspiration session
    English: http://en.richardvanhooijdonk.com
    Dutch: http://richardvanhooijdonk.com

  • Vanessa 23:13 on 18/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ian McEwan talks about Free Speech in his 2015 Commencement Speech at Dickinson College

  • Vanessa 23:57 on 08/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Jane’s Walk Summary Post

    New post summarizing the walks and what we learned. With links. And using the super-cool new platform Fold!


    • rmarie 17:20 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Vanessa, and thanks for sharing more details on how Jane’s walk inspired another aesthetic phase at MU!

  • Vanessa 12:59 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Documenting Jane’s Walk

    I’m working on documentation of the Jane’s walks I led now.

    Unfortunately I was unable to join the walks led by rmarie or Pearl & Feels. Will you all be doing blog posts on your walks? I’d really appreciate it if you’d do a little something. A few words and images would be fantastic!

    Pearl & Feels:
    Forbidden City

    Hi, I am going to take a walk in Provence Coeur at 6pm SLT. Please join me as we stride around this nice 18th century French place. Revolutionary gear ok! Here’s to Jane.

    • FeelMyPets 13:24 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      There are photos of flickr and I have the chatlogs

    • Paypabak Writer 14:21 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve posted pics and will include more on a blog post soon. I was on the Forgotten City walk.

    • Pearl Grey 18:49 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve just linked to my main blog post about the Forgotten City Walk in the above post here.

      There are 3 of my photos of the FC Walk and one of Marie’s walk in the MU Flickr group. (It’s the indoor one called ‘walking, tea and crumpets.) And like Pay said, she has pics there as well.

      While we did quite a bit of walking during Marie’s, my photos turned out to be more wildly bouncing around ones. I will see if I have any more and post them.

    • rmarie beedit 03:34 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      V, I got a couple of snaps and we did a lot. I’ll write somethin’ up!

  • Vanessa 01:08 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Jane's Cyberspace Walk #1 

    Calliope & Trilby in a video frame with a chat window around them

    Calliope Lexington & Trilby Minotaur on Jane’s Cyberspace Walk #1. Video screen capture of the live stream on Twitch.tv

    New Blog Post!


    • Oona 09:09 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Glad this went so well Vanessa. 🙂

  • Vanessa 08:11 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Jane’s Walk – 1 Week! 

    It’s just a week till Jane’s Walk!

    screen cap of Jane's Walk website showing walks at Medici University

    I’ve added 4 walks:

    Friday 1 May 11am – MU Campus Overview
    Friday 1 May 6pm – MU World Building Walk
    Saturday 2 May 11am – MU Creative Writing Walk
    Sunday 3 May 11am – MU Photographic Arts Walk

    Would YOU like to add a walk?
    Would YOU like to be the leader for one of these walks?
    Would YOU like to be an Organizer, Community Voice, or Volunteer for one of these walks?

    MU / SL Jane’s Walks:

    About Walking:

  • Vanessa 04:05 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Interesting review of Unfriended in The Verge, by Emily Yoshida:

    Most film and television, no matter the story being told, offers a vision of a world in which humans in developed societies are only at a computer two, three minutes a day. It’s a disbelief we suspend almost without thinking about it, for good reason: watching someone go about their daily business on a computer or smartphone is not very entertaining. But at the same time, art and life are beginning to diverge: there’s a fictional, cinematic world where the bulk of the developments in our daily lives happen in physical spaces, face to face with other people; and our real lives, where more and more of the defining moments in our lives happen on a screen.

    • Neeva 22:47 on 21/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a really interesting thought, and not without precedent. People don’t really drink water in movies, either. It is sort of a function of the medium and the requirements of compressed storytelling. You cut out the boring stuff add a liberal helping of conflict. Computing for hours is visually pretty boring on the big screen.

      But…I just imagined a movie that was just someone computing for two hours oblivious to surroundings, while in the room and background all this dramatic stuff is visible: car chases, quarrels, people being amorous, alien invasion, flood, zombie apocalypse….then maybe at the end you realize all the stuff going on outside was really a projection of what the person at the computer was experiencing while using the computer. In essence the room and background acts as a giant thought bubble for the character at the computer.

      Hmmmm…..so many ideas, so little time.

  • Vanessa 16:31 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    The Sexy French Maid!

    What’s up with her??

    • rmarie 17:28 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this deconstruction. The French Maid is one of our most complex enduring icons.

  • Vanessa 15:11 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VPA 198 – Portfolios & Proposals

    Notes from our organizational meetup:

    • Pearl Grey 18:32 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love Elle and Oona’s proposal as well as some of the others.

      I’m not interested in doing a proposal or portfolio of my own but I’d be pleased to help if I can.

    • Myra 20:57 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I might write a testimonial. I wouldn’t have considered myself an artist of any sort before MU, but now I think I have a little cred.

    • Elle 04:10 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great Pearl & Myra! Help is good. It’s really Oona’s idea, I thought it was a good one and offered to help out if I could.

    • Newton 06:30 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It would be really exciting if a place like MU, where anyone can seriously explore their creativity in an open setting, could become a permanent fixture on some level, similarly to how Chic Aeon’s machinema project has. A rotation of visionaries leading the way really seems like the way to go too. I wish everyone the best in getting these proposals accomplished (and beyond)!

    • Astrid Rimbaud 09:38 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wooohoo Team continue MU!!

  • Vanessa 17:06 on 17/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VPA 198 – Portfolios & Proposals

    Virtual Public Art 198 organizational meetings today at 10am & 6pm SLT at MU:Maria:14.

    • Get your online portfolio in shape!
    • Write a proposal for an LEA Land Grant!


  • Vanessa 20:39 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Public Art 198 – Portfolios & Proposals 

    sample online portfolio

    Want to see the Medici University adventure continue past 30 June? Here’s your chance! In VPA-198 we’ll create Portfolios & LEA Land Grant Proposals and be ready when the call for “Round 9” LG Proposals comes out!

    Syllabus: Virtual Public Art 198

    Image: Designshack.net

  • Vanessa 03:31 on 09/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Jane’s Walk!!

    is coming to MU on 1, 2, 3 May!
    The Virtual Public Art Class will be giving tours of the MU Campus!!

    Please check out this awesome podcast from CJSW on Jane’s walk:


    • Newton 22:12 on 11/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful! See you there.

  • Vanessa 22:07 on 02/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: Joshua Reeves 

    The Startup Journey: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Joshua Reeves, co-founder and CEO of ZenPayroll

    I love the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series! (“ETL”) So many smart peeps sharing visions. Payroll sounds important, but dull to me! But Joshua Reeves really has powerful insights into how things work and how we can achieve not just “success” but “satisfaction.” In the latter portion he talks about the importance of scheduling your time, “otherwise you’re just reacting to whatever’s happening.” I don’t know about you, but I spend so much time just reacting to whatever’s happening! He also notes that he assumes there are always 1,000 good ideas, so it’s never about “what can we do,” but about “what’s most important for us right now.” Again, it may be an “entrepreneurship” talk, but I think so many of his ideas apply to our never-enough-time art careers too.


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