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Below is my image mashup - apologies for the delay! I had transformed my (very sweet) dog Beck into a bit of a Moby Dick-type character.
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Hello, all! It was wonderful to go traipsing through our SL sculpture garden & see all your creations! Truly thoughtful sculptures. I'm making my way through submitting grades and should have them posted by tonight (check tomorrow/Tues - should be up). I'm also enjoying re-watching/listening to videos, sounds, etc. Lovely!

I just finished teaching at TechCamp Libya, giving workshops on how to use media to combat violent extremism. Inspiring to meet so many folks working towards #techforgood  in Libya. Will leave you with this one gem that was developed by the Guardian Project folks - sort of a data mashup in itself - it secures text messages by hiding and encrypting them inside images! https://guardianproject.info/apps/pixelknot/

Congratulations on the end of the semester & some great work! Kudos & good luck on future endeavors!

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To update from my last post- I was able to edit in SL without my computer crashing! Yay! For my project- I expanded on the forest theme. I added some more floating pyramids and creating the background rectangle. The sound I added for the pyramids was a nature/ rain clip. And for the rectangle- I somehow had a didgeridoo in my sounds folder, so for fun I used that! And It was great looking at all the other shapes/objects that people created. For the mashup portion- I was unable to hear Kelli's ocean waves on her box, so I added the rain sounds and the sound script. This is such an interesting collaborative space- I will have to play around some more with it! I really enjoyed all our mashups this semester and interactions with everyone! :)
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Mine is: ag530

I am having some issues downloading SL Viewer on my laptop (have been having major computer issues). I just tried to use on a New School computer but am not having luck as I cannot access applications.

If anyone has any advice on how to avoid the computer crashes, please let me know! Getting a new laptop might be the only solution at this point... thank you!

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Ok I cheated a little, but it's ok. Most of my cheating was off the island. I know we are suppose to create one object. I actually created a bunch of them that are all tied together.

My project is a hallway. The spiral thing on top has a photo from our mashups. You can also touch it for a bit of funk.

Than you can walk off the island down the corridor to see what the weather is like over the ocean. Oh it's raining! And big rain too. As big as your head. Lucky you're not out on a boat somewhere!

Feel free to have a seat outside too.

Honestly, I kind of hate Second Life. It seems like hardly anyone uses it and you have to pay for really nothing. Still, it was fun creating objects in a 3D environment.

I'm also interested to see what changes people will make. That can be the fun of a mash up. You have one idea to start and people add bits and pieces every now and then.
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At first, I wasn't able to build on the island, but Drew came along and helped a sister out! lol I found the process to be challenging and technically rewarding. SL is more robust than I thought it would be. I'll definitely be going back and getting to know the world more and features. Here's my build (below) It's a psychedelic, animated box that sounds like ocean waves.
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Hi everyone. I'm attempting to build in second life and having difficulties with permissions. Not sure why but it may have something to do with SecondLife crashing :( I'm on a mac and SL 'quits unexpectedly'.

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 Second life is all right. It wasn’t one of my favorite things. I had trouble creating on the island that was given to us, so I choose a different island to work on. Even though the process might seem simple it was not simple for me.  I think the only things that captivate my attention were the different representation of embodied appearance to other people in a virtual world by using these avatars. I was able to add all different kind of images on the land from the inventory was available. It was an awesome semester doing all these different types on Mashup projects.

https://soundcloud.com/latoya-johnson-434902805/58416-darren1979-oceanwaves
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Hi, Everyone!
Second Life is definitely an interesting program, but I don't think it is one for me. Similar to Kaylie, the program kept crashing when I would try an upload a sound...which was extremely frustrating when I spent the time doing sound clips for it. Anyways, I decided to make a prism that would rotate and change form. I thought that movement, you could give these objects was amazing, it kind of reminded me of the movement you get with silly putty or some type of goop. My moving prism is the one closest to my avatars lefthand side. I decided to go with all different textures like water, wood, glass, and of course a mashed up image of a dog in rainbow like colors to have a great array of the elements. I think it is truly amazing an online based program could do so much and hold so much data, but I think they definitely have some kinks to work out. When I first downloaded this it reminded me of the game Sims (which I LOVE), but then soon realized you could do so much more in terms of design and interaction. I think this is more of a design and social program than a game. If I were to get past the very annoying crashing aspects of the program then I think I would have probably done way more and enjoyed the program a lot more than I have. Other than that, I think it was pretty simple to figure out how to make the shapes and place them.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaymarschneider/24489224023/in/pool-mashup-culture/

Sound I Wanted to use: https://soundcloud.com/stephanie-marie-ronchi/sets/school
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As I was going through the photos that I shared in the Flickr community, I realized that they were primarily landscapes, not images of objects. That made me think: what if I created a Second Life object using my photos, but inspired by a third photo that created an optical illusion? I decided to create a super-thin object, and place it as close to the water as I could. (I spent a while wandering around to find the perfect place where the land basically goes straight into the water, so apologies if it takes some exploring to find!) The first photo that I used was one of a road leading off to a sunset, and I placed that as the texture on the side of the object that you would see when looking at the ocean, with the intent of making it seem like a road that went into the ocean; it was meant to be intentionally surreal and out-of-place, and create land where you only saw sea. On the other side, I decided to find a parallel image, and used one looking out onto the East River -- so there, where you saw land, you would instead see water. I spent some time playing with scripts, but was frustrated not understanding the programming language, so instead I added the default script that chats the avatar when touched, and added some information, since the average user might not realize that the object is two-sided.

Given that the object has two images, I wanted to find a sound that reflected both the road image and the water image. Since there wasn’t a single sound that made sense, I layered the sound of a car driving by with a sound of a river lapping at a bank, which would, like the images themselves, create an impossible illusion.

In terms of using Second Life, I found that it was a pretty hit-or-miss process -- I definitely made some mistakes that I couldn’t figure out how to fix a few times, so I got into the habit of taking copies of my object as I was going along. I also ended up using Quicktime to cut down the sound clips I found on Freesound and Audacity to combine them, and since I also don’t have extensive experience in sound editing, that also proved to be a challenge. But I’m actually much happier with the finished product than I would have thought I’d have been -- even though I was expecting that my limited skills would have resulted in something really generic, in an odd way I’ve really enjoyed creating a “site-specific installation” in a virtual world!

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Freesound:
https://www.freesound.org/people/ceich93/sounds/318064/
https://www.freesound.org/people/mystiscool/sounds/7454/

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/palmc813/24377568533/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palmc813/24978116176/in/dateposted-public/
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