February 29, 2008

Vella Shepherd – Get Well

Posted in bucky at 10:01 am by buckybarkley

I miss my friend Vella Shepherd, who has been very sick.  I only know her from SL (and a few RL details, but not enough to inquire)

I’m hoping a search picks this up, and that Vella or someone that knows her can tell me something.

Be well – Slainte Mhath


February 23, 2008

Three Video Products On The Way…

Posted in buckaroo, projects, VidMon at 12:44 pm by buckybarkley

I will have 3 video products for sale soon.  The museum-specific VidMon has been running for over a week now, and people seem to like it.

  •  VideoPoster is the very simple product.  Set the description to the quicktime url, drag the poster texture into inventory and name it “screen-texture”. Deed the object if you need to.  Done!
  • VidMon will present a simple menu of available videos to pick from.
  • VidMon Pro will add the ability to search, change the aspect ratio of the frame, give out notes, and more
I will initially make VideoPoster free at my store!  I want to get it out there, and the script is fine now.  But I’ll get it out for free while I tweak the look of the controller and get detailed documentation together.

February 21, 2008

MuMu Mentions…

Posted in bucky at 10:52 am by buckybarkley

They’re talking about us!

The British Invasion show has received some mention in the world of the SL Press:


Of course, I haven’t been in the New York Times lately (a 2006 SL photo show got mentioned in the Travel section, of all places)

    February 18, 2008

    Masses @ MuMu (show opening)

    Posted in MuMu at 6:25 pm by buckybarkley

    Well what a hoot!

    The British Invasion show at the MuMu opened yesterday, and I am super pleased with how it went. Abbey had a sort of last minute addition of a dance flag (Union Jack high overhead), and it worked out great..

    ….. cause people wouldn’t leave!

    We started at 3 and were still going strong at 7!

    In the first 21 hours, we had 105 unique visitors. A professor at Penn State is showing the exhibit to his Info Sciences and Tech class today in an auditorium. I also saw a pretty good recommendation in the Avastar

    So I am stoked. There are things about the show that I dont think are done, or that I would do differently now. But… to use a Steve Jobs quote: “Real Artists Ship”. Much as I wanted to hold off on the show for a week, I couldn’t (Abbey reminded me we were already announced all over).

    I’ve been asked quite a bit about the video stuff. Much of it along the lines of “I thought you couldn’t do that!”.

    It’s true. It’s impossible!

    Actually, the trick is to key video to the AV on the parcel, not to the entire parcel — Long story short: VidMon will be a product for sale in the not too distant future, and it will make the process of setting up per-user video pretty easy. Of course, the FFRC, info island, and non-profits will get VidMon for free!

    In any case, thanks to all who have come so far.  Come back and peruse when it is quiet.  If you have not been to show yet, please drop by — and pick up a show program at the front desk (or the brick wall).  There’s a good set of show notes in that.

    February 17, 2008

    British Invasion Opens Today

    Posted in bucky at 12:19 pm by buckybarkley

    The British Invasion show opens today at the Museum of Music!
    This is an immersive event, featuring The Beatles, Stones, Animals, Hermans Hermits, Dave Clark Five, Who, Kinks, and The Yardbirds.  You’ll dig it! 
    Come visit at anytime.  Abbey and I will be on hand at 3 pm for the event. 

    Go To MuMu (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Infotainment%20Island/77/218/31)

    February 11, 2008

    Productive Weekend

    Posted in bucky at 12:30 am by buckybarkley

    Wow .. it’s amazing what the deadline of a show can bring about…
    I’ll soon have some details about the commercial availability of a few scripts:
    • Slider – This is what LibShow became – the slideshow viewer with a lot of flexibility.  Forget that interim name of “ShowGive” :-)
    • SimpleSlider – stripped down – auto cycle through textures and just give out one notecard
    • VidMon – derived from WebMon.  Video.  Lots to say here after the British Invasion show opens.
    • VideoPoster – also a derivation!
    A key to the video products are screens that appear only when you need them …
    Ok, that’s enough hinting for now!

    February 9, 2008

    Revised British Invasion Banner

    Posted in bucky at 12:46 pm by buckybarkley

    bi-banner-mock6-small.jpg Show starts February 17th — more details soon. 

    February 3, 2008

    British Invasion * MuMu * 2008

    Posted in bucky, Info Island, MuMu, projects, SecondLife tagged , at 4:52 pm by buckybarkley

    British Invasion Banner

    In February 17th, 2008, the British invade the Museum of Music on Infotainment.

    My Co-Curator Abbey Zenith and I are hard at work immersing ourselves in the music of the 1960’s. The British Artists are:

    • Animals
    • Beatles
    • Dave Clark Five
    • Hermans Hermits
    • Kinks
    • Rolling Stones
    • Who
    • Yardbirds

    This is the second MuMu exhibit. It will feature a very immersive 1960’s American household. We have extensive info on all 8 groups, lots of direct links to the music on Amazon, and some surprises in store.

    A guiding bit about the MuMu is that we do focused shows on a given genre. We pick a time and a place. Something like “music of the 60’s” would be ridiculous. In narrowing down the British Invasion, some things get snipped out. We’re conscious / guilty of leaving out Petula, Cillia, Dusty, and Lulu. I also skipped Peter & Gordon. Limiting the show to the 8 groups gave it a focus we could tackle!

    … And believe me, we will do a show that focuses on great women singers!

    Another criteria of mine in selecting the bands was how they influenced things going forward. That was the thing that tipped my selection of The Yardbirds. Not only did they give some great mid-60’s hits, but they gave us Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. That’s quite a spawning ground.

    I’m looking forward to getting to opening night!


    Quick Notes: the banner pic is an early mockup, and I expect it will change a bit before the exhibit.  Our executive producer is Lorelei Junot, and we’d like to thank the FFRC for a grant which has been of great help in getting this show together.