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  • Izzy 05:19 on 15/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fine Art, , Group,   

    New Flickr Group: MU Fine Art!

    We’ve got a new flickr group just focused on the beautiful 2D images, from digital design, to figure studies, to conceptual art, that you all create.

    Here’s the breakdown on our 5 MU Flickr groups:

  • Izzy 04:17 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: transparency   

    Transparency Report #1 – Money

    It’s been brought to my attention by multiple MU learners, that I am a poor communicator. I apologize to the campus community, and individually to those I’ve harmed. For however much longer I might stay on as provost, I will redouble my efforts at better, and more, communication.

    The people I’ve upset have in general wanted more IM communication. I appreciate that most peeps in SL prefer IM as the primary form of communication. I will try to honor this, however I further believe that as much as can be public, should be public. This is why I prefer talking in VB Friends chat over local chat, and why I like posting here on MU/Talk – they are public forums accessible by the entire community.

    In an effort at better communication, this will be the first of many “Transparency Reports.” Today’s topic is Money.

    A number of people have asked me if, or accused me of, making money off the backs of MU Learners. I’ve answered that question privately in the past, but should have made a full public declaration sooner.

    Is some RL University or other institution paying me or funding me in some way to operate MU?


    I do not receive a grant, stipend, reimbursement, or any funding of any kind from any institution or individual, RL or VR, for operating MU. The only entity putting money into MU is my personal bank account.

    Am I making money off the work MU Learners contribute in places like MU/Creativity or in any other way?


    I have not in the past, am not now, and will not in the future, collect any kind of money for any work by myself or anyone else at MU. The work seen on the 4 MU websites: MU/Home, MU/Talk, MU/Creativity & KPO! is owned by the individual authors. I do not take any part of anyone’s copyright in any way. My own work is licensed Creative Commons Attribution. You are free to use, reuse, remix, and even sell my work. You do not need my permission and you do not need to, and should not, compensate me in any financial way. Everyone else retains the copyright to their own work and may sell, license, share, give away, or not, as they choose.

    What is my total income and outgo from MU?


    0. I do not receive any income, funding, ad revenue, or any other sort of compensation, RL or VR, for anything related to MU.

    1. I paid Myra about L$3,000 L$8,000 for the KPO! audio stream.
    2. I pay models for the life drawing class L$250/hour.
    3. I have purchased some art from a few MU Learners. Typically I have paid L$500 for a single, no copy, 2D, artwork. A couple of MU Learners have given me pieces at no cost.
    4. When I dance at KPO! I tip DJ’s and hosts. Typically L$100 or L$200 per person.

    Your Questions?

    I will try to do as many Transparency Reports as possible. I’ll try to make clear not just things like this financial report, but also what’s going on on campus, what decisions are made, how they are made, and how you can have input.

    If you have questions about anything, whether personally about me, about MU, about policies, procedures, activities, choices, past or present, don’t wait for me to get around to talking about it. Leave a comment below and I will address your question in my next Transparency Report. I will try to do as many Transparency Reports per week as I possibly can.

    Thank you for your support on those occasions when I have had it. I apologize for those occasions when I have lost your confidence.

    • Myra 04:44 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve paid more than 3,000L for the audio stream, Izzy. The cost was 2000L per month. You paid for 4 months. I paid for a few weeks, but you picked up all of the rest, so your costs were more around 8000L for the audio stream.

      You are welcome to any of my art at no cost (As if someone would pay for it.).


      • Myra 04:52 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        One simple truth about SL, people don’t make money here. Yes, there are a few merchants who are exceptions, but the vast majority of people in SL who create or build are doing it for the love of it. Imagine that.

        Izzy, I know we’ve had our issues, but thank you for MU. It’s a wonderful place. You have my love for bringing it into reality.

      • Izzy 04:56 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Myra. I’ve updated the text.

      • Myra 08:48 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Just to clarify, if it’s confusing. That money didn’t go to me. It goes to LuschAudio streams. Izzy just gave me the money to take care of the task when we were setting up KPO.

        I don’t make any money, either. : )

    • Oona 06:47 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Its odd to me that ppl are inquiring about money stuff. But I understand that maybe the whole behind the scenes is confusing to understand. I appreciate what you’ve put into MU both financially and emotionally. I don’t make things but if I did, you’d be welcome to them for free.

    • Newton 07:15 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      The notion that people are making money from MU has to be fomented by people who had little exposure to VB Friends before coming to MU.

      If you look at the etymology of MU going back years, during which so many similar Challenges were proposed or undertaken by Vaneessa, Izzy, and others on behalf of VB friends (yes, there is PROOF in many blog pages!) – they would have already made their “money.”

      Izzy, my feeling is that you should also itemize these things:

      Time spent developing the VB Friends group and templating some of the original challenges
      Cost of producing the grant written to get the MU sims
      The cost of setting up all of these tools.

      Down with capitalism.

    • Pearl Grey 07:29 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      The money thing has never crossed my mind but I’m more comfortable with transparency so thank you for this.

      You or anyone could have anything I make; all you’d have to do is ask.

    • FeelMyPets 12:22 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh thanks for being so transparent, a more interesting question though, is how we could (ethically of course) make money from our involvement in MU? For the record I don’t think being compensated for labor is a bad thing, I think not realizing that what you are doing online is labor is.

      • Izzy 13:38 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes Feels, this is a massive and fascinating question. If it’s not a huge topic already, it will certainly be in the next few years.

        By now we all realize that we are not Facebook’s Customers, but their Unpaid Employees. I think for most people who enjoy using FB this is a reasonable exchange: value production for FB in exchange for photo sharing with relatives, etc.

        If you’re familiar with TurnItIn software that compares student essays to a large database of essays to check for plagiarism, students in Canada sued TurnItIn for profiting from their unpaid labor by making their work part of the company’s uncompensated, and for sale, database.

        As you might know, Protein Folding is among the most complex tasks we know of. Apparently there is a “game” out there that lets kids have fun solving puzzles while they’re actually finding solutions to very complex protein folding problems.

        Since protein folding can be considered a public good, we might like the above game. Then again, Iran has photos of everyone who participated in demonstrations, but not their names. Kids half a world away could play a face matching game, or uninformed workers at Mechanical Turk could earn one cent, for matching drivers licenses to street cam photos which might ultimately lead to arrest and execution.

        Or, as you suggest, perhaps not the public good of protein folding nor the sinister qualities of a repressive regime, but simply the Facebook like “harvesting” of work. Certainly in my own personal case, using SL has generated a significant amount of repeat sales for the nVidia company.

        As far as I know, the only “Meta-earner” from MU activities is Linden Lab. Oh, I should have included uploading about 300 textures or L$3,000.

        • FeelMyPets 13:54 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Oooh cool more information. How long have you been working for nVidia?

          You’ve stated the reason I don’t use FB. I see it as an old problem brought to light with new platforms. There is an essay written in 1969 by Ardono that addresses the concept of ‘Free Time’ and how it is really the false negative of labor: http://pink-scare.blogspot.com/2009/12/adorno-on-free-time.html

          Basically, I question the notion that FB or SL is something you do on your ‘free time’ – as if it were any less authentic than real work. How we start compartmentalize our attention (and identities) according to these fallacies is interesting to me, because instead of having multiple processes (internal and external) working in tangent you reproduce the conditions of society (competition in the marketplace) by assigning a value system in which one thing is considered work and another a waste of time. You always do something at the expense of something else…To an artist, everything is work, everything activity is on an equal playing field.

          I don’t get your protein folding analogy could you elaborate?

    • FeelMyPets 12:35 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Also – I apologize if you felt accused by my line of questioning in the essay published in MU Creativity. The thing is, when you start thinking of the ‘big picture’, someone ALWAYS profits from our activity online, and when I ask readers to speculate on that it’s not as simple as asking which individual in MU is exploiting us. My default state of questioning is not how people are being consciously manipulated, but rather, how they unconsciously start serving a pre-existing order when they take their online engagements for granted. I am suggesting that there is a lack of transparency over what constitutes work/ play distinctions when we blog, create and generate material online, and from that we unconsciously start producing labor unaccounted for.

      If you read that paragraph as being accusatory of MU being some kind of accusation of MU being some crazy Money-laundering scheme that is NOT what I intended, at all. I agree that direct communication is the key, I’d have brought this up directly if someone asked me about what I meant in my essay rather than assuming things from a distance, which is more of a point of contention for me than anything else really. I’m glad that you posted this nonetheless.

      • FeelMyPets 12:43 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        The thing about the University’s Discourse essay I posted before is that it is self-reflective, about the shifting parameters of my consciousness WHILE I blog, trying to account of things that I may not be conscious of when trying to engage in a kind of discourse. Would this have been an issue to you had you brought this up with me during the editorial process?

        • FeelMyPets 12:46 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

          The normalization of work/ play distinction, of course, being part of the ‘univeralization’ of the subjective split I mentioned in the essay.

    • Elle 19:47 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve never lost my confidence, Izzy. Nor would it have ever occurred to me to think you are making money off MU. I think you have given very generously of your time (and apparently your money). Thank you so much for all you do. I’m grateful for the opportunity of MU.

    • Neeva 17:37 on 07/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Izzy, if you figure out how to make money off MU you are a money making genius and I will sign up for your next get rich quick seminar.

      One thing I enjoy about MU (among many) is that it is not the equivalent of a giant vending machine like so many other sims. Making money here isn’t really anyone’s goal. Very refreshing.

      Finally, you are not a bad communicator. That is an over generalization. You can communicate quite clearly. Leadership of a unique organization like this is a highly complex skill. No one gets it right all the time. No one pleases everyone all the time. It is just not possible.

      Thank you for setting in motion and nurturing a great overall experience. Thanks for your complete successes and your partial successes, and most of all, for your generosity it nurturing this crazy, delightful place.

  • Izzy 03:06 on 03/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Authenticity, Do You, Fast, Kindness, Rules, Simple Rules, Slow,   

    Medici University 5 Simple Rules

    New blog post:

  • Izzy 22:14 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Florence, Italy, Ponte Vecchio   

    Ponte Vecchio with Edie

    New Blog Post!

  • Izzy 01:49 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Featured, Home Page, ,   

    Videos on MU Home Page

    Check out the cool videos from Veyot, NSANE, Amber, Alexandre & Ziki on the top of the MU Home page! πŸ™‚


    Do you have a video too? Drop your URL in the comments below and I’ll add you!

    On the home page and don’t want to be? Just shout in the comments below and I’ll take you off.

    Want a different video there? Just drop your URL below!

    • AlexandreLois1 02:19 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Izzy, I see only one video Veyot. No other video.

      • Izzy 06:22 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Click the Arrows, or the Dots Alexandre. They scroll!

        • AlexandreLois1 21:18 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

          wow, cool. It is very nice.

  • Izzy 01:04 on 16/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   


    Wow, the MU Flickr group now has 729 pix from 40 members in it! We’ve been busy!!


    • Myra 02:59 on 17/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank Astrid for her challenge. It’s been inspiring and fun.

    • Oona 16:40 on 17/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I agree, Astrid’s Challenge has been great for me too. Very fun.

    • astridh 13:13 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I feel like such a rotten lazy bad non-person person. I have not even participated in the challenge! I deserve a good lashing.

      • Izzy 13:22 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Aww, no beating up on yourself! We’ve all got different schedules, priorities, paths!

        And besides, all the cool stuff others are doing is only because you brought it up! You empowered others!!

        Although, if you really do want a lashing… I’m pretty sure there are a few learners on campus who enjoy that sort of thing! Message me privately for a discreet list of names!! πŸ˜›

  • Izzy 21:31 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bully, Bullying, Feuding, Inclusion, Pranks, Sarcastic, Saucy, Tolerance   

    The Golden Rule

    I’ve heard about a few incidents recently where 2 or more MU Learners have gotten into a bit of a spat over something. In most cases it seems like no party is being all that mean-spirited, but that we just have different ways of being in this world.
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  • Izzy 23:01 on 29/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , groups, LIfe Drawing,   

    Visiting Artist Flickr Group! 

    black-and-white photograph of Anthea Sharp's avatar

    Fantasy author Anthea Sharp speaking at Medici University on Sunday 29 March ’15

    We have a new MU Flickr group, MU Visiting Artists!

    We now have 3 public groups and 1 private group on Flickr:

    β€’ Medici University (main group)
    β€’ MU Visiting Artists
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  • Izzy 13:53 on 28/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ,   

    Anthea Sharp Sunday 

    Neeva’s arranged for Anthea Sharp to speak @MU @Collaborateopolis @Maria-5-13 @Noon on Sunday!

    You might like to take a peek at her website before the talk to learn a bit about Sharp and her work:
    β€’ Anthea Sharp.com

    Poster for Anthea Sharp speaking at Medici University on Sunday29 March 2015

  • Izzy 12:57 on 28/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cough Syrup, Dance Anywhere, iPad, Katy Fawkes,   

    Incredible Friday!

    Did you catch how many awesome things happened @MU yesterday!?
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    • Oona 20:31 on 28/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yay… Fawkes sounds dirty though. lol While I miss my old neighbourhood, I’m enjoying the process of rebuilding in Vashti. Although I’ll always be a Nostro girl at heart. pours some liquor on the ground for my homies back in Nostra As for moving every week – I’ll have some of what Izzy is smokin’ BUT if i was challenged… i do have a hard time resisting a challenge. πŸ˜› Please don’t challenge me though…. cries lol Wishing Feels the best in Nostra! Hope your first keg party rawks!

    • Neeva 19:25 on 30/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, a lot happened on Friday. But did you see how much happened on Sunday! So much activity on campus, both formal and informal. I’m afraid our calendar will never be able to capture the spontaneous stuff like the pink-pillow-bus sky tour or Onna kickboxing my tower until it collapsed while a crowd cheered her on. You just have to be here to get in on that good stuff.

  • Izzy 17:46 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , ,   

    A-2-Z Challenge-4-April!


    Hey Learners!

    Astrid’s challenging us to do A-Z in April! If you’re a blogger, you could Blog A-Z. But everybody can play! Photographers can Flickr A-Z, Chefs can Pinterest A-Z, Tweeters can Tweet A-Z, etc!

    We can setup a place to feature what the participants are up to, or maybe 2 places, 1 inworld and 1 online!

  • Izzy 12:16 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bing, Community, Google, , Population,   

    A Few Numbers

    1. There’s a bit over 7 billion people alive today.
    2. About 3 billion of us have internet access
    3. There are about 1 billion webSITES
    4. 75% of those are “parked” so about 250 million sites
    5. Bing indexes about 5 billion webPAGES
    6. Google indexes about 50 billion webpages
    7. In the middle of such vast oceans, the 70 of us @MU have the chance to build a small, real, compelling community. It’s about what we share. About what we give. About what we create together.
    • Pearl Grey 20:09 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Totally with you on # 7 Izzy. The window is open for a finite time.

  • Izzy 11:14 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Speaker,   

    Anthea Sharp arrival point 

    Thank you Neeva for bringing Anthea Sharp 2MU!

    In anticipation of her Sunday Noon SLT talk
    (Noon – San Francisco / 8pm – London / 3am Monday – Hong Kong)

    I’ve set the arrival point for the Dianora Quadrant of MU to Collaborateopolis! (Maria-5)

    Poster for Anthea Sharp speaking at Medici University on Sunday29 March 2015

    • Neeva 14:16 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the great poster and logistical goodness Provost Izzy!

  • Izzy 09:20 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Easy A, Emma Stone, Grades   

    Easy A

    Don’t stress learners! @MU it’s always an Easy A!

  • Izzy 17:13 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Choice, , Guy Fawkes Day, , Ryan Medici, Steven Goldsberry,   

    Guy Fawkes Day @MU 

    photo of fireworks over parliament with the superimposed caption "Have a Blast! Guy Fawkes Day!"

    Yesterday my step-brother, enfant terrible, and MU Director of Facilities, Ryan Medici let out an early notice about the upcoming Guy Fawkes Day at MU.

    For anyone who may have been upset by the notice, I apologize. Let me remind you that this IS Medici University! No one ever has to do anything here!

    The Details

    Guy Fawkes Day is, of course, the fifth of November. Since there is no 5 November in Spring Semester, we’ve decided to do a “half-Guy Fawkes Day” and rotate it by 6 months to 5 May.

    β€’ 1 May – Friday – Mayday Celebrations at MU
    β€’ 1, 2, 3 May – Jane’s Walk 2015 – we’re so excited that for this 9th annual Jane’s Walk, MU will become the 1st ever Virtual City to participate in the global event!
    β€’ 4 May – The Monday after Jane’s Walk weekend is Jane Jacobs’ actual birthday
    β€’ 5 May – Tuesday is Guy Fawkes Day @MU

    It’s Always about Choice

    If you’ve familiar with the foundational ideas of MU, espoused around our websites, then you know that no one, not Ryan, or The Chaplain, or I, or anyone else is here to force anyone to do anything. If you want to pick a spot and never move, that’s great. If you want to make a lot of work in that spot, that’s great. If you want to rez a gallery and never come back, well, that’s not great, but it isn’t a violation of any rule since we don’t have any rules, other than be nice to each other, try to get along, be tolerant and inclusive, be supportive, look at each others work, blog about it, share links, and so on.

    Wow! That was a lot of rules for no rules! Basically we have no rules. Except for the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That’s it. It’s really that simple. Oh. And while not “required,” we do encourage working your ass off and doing amazing things!

    At times we might suggest things like Studio Roulette, and before you dismiss it out of hand, I’d urge you to really consider the possibilities, but it will always be your choice. Opt in. Opt out. Your judgement. The only thing that isn’t a choice is that come 1 July, we’ll all be gone and LEA23 will become someone else’s art project and it will look very different.

    Guy Fawkes Day

    Our 5 May Guy Fawkes Day celebration is indeed an optional Studio Roulette. When we get a little closer to that time, you’ll be able to very easily opt-in or opt-out of Studio-Roulette as you like. Even though MU is all about creativity, change, innovation, new ideas, new connections, new pathways, risk, trying different things, and so on, we all have a tendency to get comfortable and set in our ways. Even though we know we’re getting tossed out on 30 June, we still like to set up fortresses and protect them like they’ll never change. That certainly includes me. Ryan. All of us. Guy Fawkes Day / Studio Roulette is an optional invitation to nudge ourselves out of our comfort zones. An optional invitation to interact with different MU Learners. To see the campus from a different vantage point. To be closer to the center, or more out at the frontiers.

    Men are animals of the earth. They come from Papa, the earth mother, and make their homes on the land. They walk the ground, like Pig and Rat. Walking animals do not know the spirit of motion, as you do. Their world stands still for them, and their footsteps fall always against the steadiness of rock and soil. Winds blow and they crawl inside houses. The red floodwaters rise and they climb to dry caves and sleep poorly in the stale, cold air. What do they learn in these houses and caves? Stillness. Calm. They hope things will never change. Men hate change. But that is not the way things are. Light and darkness. The currents. Death. That is the order. When these men speak, their voices are little because nothing pours into them. They do not want other powers. But the man whose chest swells like the tides, who leaps the sea cliff to hear the roar of the fall, and dives straight into the ocean like a spear — this man is not like the rest. His mana is not only of the earth, but of the sky and water. He swims the lagoons and outer reef to watch the fish. He stands tall on the mountaintops. When he speaks, he will be listened to.

    — Maui, The Demigod, Steven Goldsberry

    photo of people in striped shirts and pirate hats walking with torches in the night

    • Paypabak Writer 18:15 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have all kinds of fireworks and I love setting them off! Go go Guy Fawkes!!

      • Izzy 18:17 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomesauce! You certainly don’t have to wait till May for an MU fireworks show! You can call one anytime! Or maybe team up with an Emma Roof Rave.

        But yes, come may, you can be the official MU Pyrotechnician!

    • Neeva 19:09 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Come July 1 this sim will be flooded by Neeva’s tears. Then it will dry and we will start planning the Medici University reunion party and inking MU merchandising deals. How about MU the movie? Imagine one just like this university, but filled with movie stars, only everyone is naked….and then…Sharknado!!! I’m switching to the MU creative writing program and starting my script now!

      P.S. I have a lovely, centrally located studio for studio roulette. Well maintained, lightly used. Looking to trade for studio with indoor swimming pool and 60 prim garage + cash in an amount to be negotiated at closing.

    • Fanny 19:28 on 23/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Guido Faukes still seems to be very popular. SL search found 43 Avatars with “Guy Fawkes” in their name.
      I am looking forward to the fireworks!

      Neeva, I guess there will be enough tears from us to flood the whole sim. Maybe we should warn the neighbors? And I agree to naked!

      P.S. None!

  • Izzy 15:26 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Freebie, Graphics, Swift Icons   

    Free Icons R Gold! 

    Icon of cursor pointing in a browser

    OMG not even watching NeEeEeEeEvA & OoOoOoOoOoNa try on new clothes is as exciting as a Giant Bag of FREE ICONS!



    You’ll see 2 icons in the upper-right: “Give us money” and “get stuff free.” You can probably figure out which one to click. Enjoy!

    icon graphic of 2 gold bars

    • Oona 00:53 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haha watching me try on clothes is entertaining. We all know this. πŸ˜‰

  • Izzy 04:16 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Animated GIF, Crit Class, , Studio Art 1   

    Animated GIFs on a Prim?

    FeelsEmpty Resident came to crit class tonight. They’re making cool animated GIFs!

    And would like to put them in SL. Feels is totally new to prims and stuff.

    Here’s a 2008 post on how to do it:

    Here’s a 2010 post:

    Feels might come by tomorrow, Thursday. If anyone can help them get stuff on a prim that’d be so cool. He can work at Collaborateopolis for now. (I can find him space if he wants to rez a bunch)

    • Veyot 12:08 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s another good page. I sent it to feelsempty.

      • Izzy 14:59 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Veyot! I found that page also, but didn’t like it because it’s media on a prim. Media on a prim is cool, and in fact the MU Schedule Kiosks use it, but many viewers won’t let it autostart, and it can be sluggish to load, so I think it won’t be satisfying at all the way FeelsEmpty’s web page is.

        I guess even with the texture animation there will still be SL texture load times to deal with, so Feels’ installation will probably never load as fast as the web page, but at least you won’t have to click every face and give it permission to run.

    • Tiffany Mosienko 04:31 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting! This info is very useful!

      • Izzy 05:46 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Feels got it to work and it’s really cool… Natsu helped him… sounds like they may have done it a different way… I’m trying to get them to do a little post on how they did it

  • Izzy 17:00 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gimp, , Photoshop,   

    Graphic Design 13 – Gimp 4 Dummies

    Photoshop is kind of the Graphic Design standard and many MU Learners use it every day.

    If you get paid to do RL design work, Photoshop isn’t expensive at all. But if you don’t, it’s a damn expensive piece of software!

    Gimp is the free & open alternative. We should have a Gimp class. IDK if anyone we know actually knows Gimp. If You do, we’d love to have you facilitate a Gimp Party!

    But if not, let’s just learn it together! We can start the class and fumble around and use MU/Talk or Slack to post screenshots and tips on what we figure out.

    Does anyone know Gimp?

    What Day / Time would anyone like the Gimp Party to be scheduled for?

    • Neeva 18:04 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think you mean we should have a gimp “party.” Right? See post below.

      What would People love to learn about gimp? I used it some before I got my nifty student-priced version of Photoshop.

    • Myra 18:27 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I use Gimp a lot, but I certainly don’t know* it. The most common use of it in SL is texturing, so I’d like to learn how to use it better for UV mapping and AO mapping of textures.

      There’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this with PS, here:

      It would be nice to have a class on how to do the same thing in Gimp. There are some freebie full perm things on the market we could use for demo purposes.

    • Elle 17:37 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have to second what Myra said, “I use GIMP a lot, but I certainly don’t know it” It’s a powerful program, but also complex with a non-intuitive user interface. I think the same could probably be said for Photoshop, which I have hardly ever used.

      • Izzy 22:00 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t actually know how many people want to learn Gimp. I do know that for people without the resources to buy it, Photoshop can be very expensive. Gimp is free and open for everyone. So it’s really a desirable platform.

        I do know that Oona is someone who really wants to be doing graphics but can’t afford Photoshop and doesn’t know Gimp. She’s been hosting at KATYPERRYOPOLIS! and would love to make fliers for events there but doesn’t have Photoshop and is lost with Gimp.

        Part of the reason I expelled all the students, fired all the faculty, and then invited everyone back as learners is that if we are to make progress on our many journeys here at MU, then we must take charge. Nobody needs to be the or an expert to help someone else. So far I’ve done what I can to facilitate Kinesiology 88, Studio Art 1, Studio Art 12, and University 101, and believe me, I’m not even remotely an expert on any of those topics.

        If Myra knows a little, Elle knows a little, and Oona has some desire, that sounds like more than most of our classes start with! I’d encourage the 3 of you to pick a time, invite the campus, and see what can be collaboratively learned. If that causes an expert to crawl out of the woodwork, awesome! But if not, I bet Oona’s desire plus whatever Myra and Elle might know might be enough to let Oona make KATYPERRYOPOLIS! fliers. Since she’s wanted to do things like that for a long time, that’d be a great result for MU’s semester @LEA23!

        • Elle 06:28 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          That sounds ok to me. If Oona wants to get us some specifics on what she’d like to be able to do/create before hand it would be helpful. I can role play a GIMP co-teacher. πŸ˜‰

          • Izzy 07:03 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            Awesomesauce!!! πŸ˜€

          • Oona 22:03 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            How about how to make a flyer? Is that a thing you can do in Gimp? I have been trying to figure out how to put stuff on a tee-shirt without much success if that is something anyone has knowledge of.

    • Myra 00:01 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gimp wouldn’t work well for flyers, because it’s not a publishing tool. It doesn’t do layouts and such. In fact, it’s horrible for handling text.

      T-shirts, yes, that it does.

      Oona. I mostly make furniture, but the principles of applying textures are mostly identical. Clothing requires a little more tweaking. I don’t think I want to teach a course, but I’m happy to explain it and load you up with links. : )

      It’s not too hard once you get the hang of it. Once you do, you’ll realize you could spend hours fussing with a texture to get it just the way you want it. Are you sure you really want that? Prepare yourself for the time sink known as SL building! j/k : )

    • Neeva 15:43 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      How about a gimp learning party where we can ask questions of each other as we all try to make a poster or other work of art. I know people who use gimp for book covers. You can definitely make a flyer with it. Let’s pick a time and get Oona going and learn stuff.

    • Myra 18:05 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s one on how to make a flyer in Gimp:

    • Myra 18:15 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I know that invalidates my comment about Gimp not doing flyers, but it further validates my first point – I don’t know Gimp.

    • Elle 00:14 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well after many incantations, slacks(?), help from Izzy and rmarie (ty!). My GIMP 101 class is on the calendar.

      GIMP 101 – Learn basic skills in GIMP open-source software. This class will provide an overview, discussion, optional sharing and support. The course will have a strong guided self-study component. Guidance for further learning on your own and a simple weekly hands-on assignment will be provided at each class.

      Class will meet Saturdays 10 – 11 am SLT @ Tullia 14 for 4 weeks.
      Class starts Saturday March 28th @ 10 am SLT.

      Oona, Myra and Neeva are most welcome continue their discussion then. πŸ™‚
      Good tutorial links are also welcome.

  • Izzy 16:54 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Classes, Courses, Parties,   

    Schedule of Parties

    Oona, Art, and MediciUniversity Resident were having a conversation today, and they came up with an interesting question, why are they called “Classes”?

    MU doesn’t have “Students” or “Faculty” anymore, but we still have “Classes”?

    Effective today, MU will no longer have any “Classes” or gawd forbid “Courses.” We will still have learning experiences, but they will be called “Parties”.

    TIRED: “Schedule of Classes”
    WIRED: “Schedule of Parties”

    • Oona 00:59 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      But but but, i like classes!

      • Izzy 01:26 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        it can be your secret Oona. Whenever anybody says “Party” you can just think “Class” in your mind.

        Somebody sez,

        Party @ KATYPERRYOPOLIS!

        Oona hears,

        Class @ KATYPERRYOPOLIS!

        • Oona 21:57 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          haha i like this idea. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Izzy 03:12 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dave Cerf, Dystopia, Sam Green, Utopia, Utopia in Four Movements   

    Utopia in Four Movements

    I noticed that Tiffany and I were both using the word Utopia, and I couldn’t help but think of the remarkable film/performance Utopia in Four Movements by Sam Green and Dave Cerf. It’s a feature-length work. Here’s the first few minutes:

    • Tiffany Mosienko 16:28 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was really great. Thanks for posting, Izzy.

    • Elle 23:47 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Utopia, it’s such a great word! Thanks for sharing that, Izzy.

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