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  • Mary Anning 03:59 on 27/06/2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Lookin 4 Curios? 

    Hello lovely people! I find amazing things. Can I interest you in some curies?

    sepia toned drawing of Mary Anning in a bonnet kissing a crocodile

    Drawing of me with a “Croc” (they didn’t know that animals went extinct, so when I found a new skeleton on the beach they always used to claim it was an existing animal, like a croc)

     
  • Teresa of Avila 22:26 on 23/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Nostradamus Good day dear people I have… 

    Nostradamus?

    Good day dear people.

    I have been given to understand that Mr. Nostradamus may be found in this vicinity. Can anyone please direct me to him? I have had the most extraordinary vision and wish to discuss it with him. I am hopeful that he might help me to construct an interpretation of the vision.

    Your assistance in locating Nostradamus is most appreciated.

     
    • Scott Lord 16:08 on 25/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Rock musician Al Stewart, who recorded Love Chronicles, Past Present and Future, The Early Years, Modern Times, and Year of the Cat is the only known person to have contacted Nostradamus. There are rumors that Mr. Stewart now teaches poetry.

      • Teresa of Avila 02:18 on 27/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Mr. Lord. Thank you for this valuable information. Do you know where I can find Mr. Stewart?

    • Scott Lord 21:53 on 29/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in the middle of reading Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H.G Welles, which I put down to try four online MOOCs. When in church, I’ve been reading a novel entitled The 39 Steps, by John Buchan. Well, you’ll appreciate this, I walked out with it. I suppose i could bring it back, but after last summer, during which i read ten novels by the author E. Phillips Oppenheim, I can barely stand the thrill of making love to a church librarian and inadvertedly tucking away a copy of the novel. I have it right here. Think of what will happen next!!! I literally forgot I had the book on my person and brought it home. Today is my 52nd birthday.

      No, I don’t know where he is right now.

  • Vanessa 09:46 on 19/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Medici University on Facebook With MOOC Magazine… 

    Medici University on Facebook

    With MOOC Magazine / Warhol coming out Saturday morning, 00:01am BST, now’s a great time to “like” MU on FB!
    https://www.facebook.com/medici.university

     
  • Edie 12:33 on 17/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Edie’s Farm VR Edition I was forwarded… 

    Edie’s Farm – VR Edition

    I was forwarded a message from Hugh about helping out with a VR Construction project. (awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugh had heard about a VR Medici University Campus, which Izzy has graciously pushed back to 2015 so that we can focus on creating Edie’s Farm starting on 1 August 2014. The website doesn’t currently have information on the VR Project, but here it is:
    http://edies.farm

    I’m applying for an “LEA AIR” or Linden Endowment for the Arts, Artist in Residence Land Grant. If Edie’s Farm is selected as one of their Land Grant Recipients (gosh Ysidora, nobody deserves a compensatory land grant more than you!) then Edie’s Farm will begin on a generous 6.5 hectare plot of virtual land. Much like Warhol’s Factory this will be a collaborative place for experiments and activities. We may put some elements up to make it cozy, but the focus will be less on construction goals and more on inspired activities.

    I hope everyone will come visit, participate, and play!

     
    • xtaforster 16:36 on 17/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with the application. Let me know if I can help you. Ysidora and I will participate, no doubt!!

  • Vanessa 12:54 on 16/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s SL Visit 

    avatars in a sandbox twisting prims

    Makin stuff in SL Sandbox with Hugh

    Hugh came to visit today. We made some stuff in a sandbox and looked at some art installations. It went pretty well but after a while he had some sort of graphics lag or freeze.

    Hugh, here’s some thoughts on that:
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    • Scott Lord 21:43 on 29/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with your course on Research Papers, Hugh. I opted for British Literature, Communication Science and The Resurrection of Richard III (not Richard II) instead.
      Sorry for any investigation into the world of college pranks and artistic deceptions that may have crossed your path, I’m actually a serious writer.

  • Izzy 12:28 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Andy Warhol’s Childhood Scrapbook You may have… 

    Andy Warhol’s Childhood Scrapbook

    You may have heard that Edie and I have started MOOC Magazine. Gary Needham from U of Nottingham Trent has written a wonderful intro article for us:
    http://mooc.mediciuniversity.co.uk/warhols-childhood-scrapbook/

     
  • Vanessa 11:11 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## 8 Months Just realized we started PBR… 

    8 Months!

    Just realized we started PBR 8 months ago this week! Fast creeping up on a year. Whether it’s Medici assassination attempts, or Warhol confidantes trying to trash his legacy, we continue to live in such a divisive world. It was truly a special opportunity to meet so many generous peeps in PBR and to share ideas about art & culture with you all.
    Thanks everyone!
    xoxo

     
    • Ciara 11:31 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Crikey! Eight months! It’s an almost-birthday ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Vanessa Blaylock 11:32 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes! Crikey! (did you get that word from Oscar?)

        • Ciara 11:33 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

          Er…maybe…(He’s got a knack of putting words in my mouth!)

          • Vanessa Blaylock 11:34 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

            IKR! (he’s no dummy!)

            • Ciara 11:38 on 12/06/2014 Permalink

              He’s with me at the moment. We’re trying to knock our heads together for something for the July PBR MM issue…

            • Vanessa Blaylock 11:41 on 12/06/2014 Permalink

              Oh cool! It could be something new… or any of the work you created back then (assuming we can still find stuff from ’13! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Scott Lord 12:14 on 12/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      My Dear friend, Professor Talbot Rice is very impressed with your efforts. Now that you mention it, someone at a Boston University wrote a monograph that it was glaring that there were attempts upon the life of Queen Victoria Regina and that Sherlock Holmes was absolutely mum on the subject. Talbot has a buggieboo about historical artifacts- there’s a shoe on a statue he thinks is priceless as pieces of some historical art-what-objects-are-used-for before they become what we call ready-made. Like culture or society revolved around the manufacturing of slippers in Persia. No theories on whether the real Queen Victoria was left handed and her twin sister was righthanded and converted to Communism and then Hinduism, more that it was just her liver.

  • Vanessa 14:27 on 10/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Time Zones 

    To help our global colleagues meetup at the same time, here’s a little conversion chart for a city near you!

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    • Hugh 22:42 on 10/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s great thanks Vanessa. I am California +11 GMT+4

  • Christa Forster 12:22 on 09/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Christa and Hugh on Coursera: Understanding Research Methods 

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    Hello. Just met up with the Mixed Berry Shake team for our June hangout, and Hugh and I (he showed up late Ciara!) promised to post here on .Re/act what we’re up to in a the six-week summer MOOC we’re undertaking: Understanding Research Methods via Coursera.

    Here is a link toย the question Hugh is developingย and some discussion around it:ย How do Arabian women artists view the status of women within the Middle East?
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  • Vanessa 20:45 on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ONE Night Pix 

    Installation view of a plaza with dancers and projections.

    Monerda Skute (pink) & Trilby Minotaur (blue) VR dancing on the side of a building as LED illuminated dancers perform on the ground.

    Oh wow! We never knew we were on! We waited from 8-11pm waiting for our cue, and were told a few times, You’re on in 5 minutes, but we thought we’d never been cued. Apparently, we were on! For about 1/2 hour they tell me. We never were cued to do Section 3, the most animated and live portion of the performance, but as you see here, Monerda, Trilby, Harmony & Scarlett were projected in gigantic splendor in the outdoor performance in Los Angeles celebrating the anniversary of EZTV.
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    • Monerda Skute 06:00 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize for duplicating my comments, just realized I wanted to say congrats here. Not enough caffeine yet ๐Ÿ˜€ “Michael, Van and fellow cast: It is so cool that your dance performance was a success and congrats about LA Weekly giving it Top 5 honors! We avatars had fun despite anxiously awaiting our cue ๐Ÿ™‚ The projection photos look great and I canโ€™t wait to see video. I bet the RL dancers were super!”

    • Vanessa Blaylock 12:11 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dear anyone reading – I’d love your thoughts!

      The projection you see is avatars on a “white” background. Technically an SL “white” but not “full bright” white. I thought “full bright” might cause gamma issues with the on-site projector.

      I thought about a Black background – this would have been cool in that instead of illuminating the whole side of the building, we’d only have avatars up there dancing. My fear was that the dancer’s bodies tend to roll into shadow, so with a black background you’d only get 2/3 of a body or so with the rest disappearing into shadow.

      So, the white background felt, all things considered, aesthetically preferable.

      What do you think?

    • Scar 16:12 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      i think its pretty cool either way good job us!

      • Vanessa Blaylock 16:32 on 07/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks again Scar! And Harm, Moni & Trilby! Haha, I didn’t realize we were on… but hey… you guys look great! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Christa Forster 12:25 on 09/06/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I liked what Kate Johnson had to say today in the Mixed Berry Shake hangout: they both worked in different ways — the black background featured the dancers as floating on the surface; the white background highlighted the dancers beautifully.

  • Vanessa 15:28 on 06/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ## Mixed Berry Shake 4 June This Monday… 

    Mixed Berry Shake 4 June!

    This Monday, 9 June ’14
    9-10am California Time
    16:00 – 17:00 GMT

    Got a topic for discussion? Add it as a comment to this post and I’ll put it on the agenda!

     
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