Building Virtual Reality Scenes in Decentraland

Here is a free course from the Decentraland University VR Academy, on Building Virtual Reality Scenes in Decentraland

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AF9l3lYzQsiwFcIexGKP3TI-FFUcMVE34Su6U7FuhZo/

It introduces all the basic skills you need to become a capable builder, from the beginning. This document contains the course materials, links to video recordings of the live class sessions from the inaugural offering of the course, the assignments, and a link to the Discord server of the Decentraland University, in which the VR Academy channels support interaction between the students, alumni, and instructor.

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My Keynote Address from Crypto Current Conference, March 2019

This is a talk I gave at the Crypto Current Conference in New Orleans in March of 2019.

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I was interviewed about Decentraland and VR on the Farsight podcast.

Carl Fravel – Decentraland District Leader – Lessons from a Life in VR

Carl Fravel – Decentraland District Leader – Lessons from a Life in VR

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Decentraland Conference Center

I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to lead one of the “district” projects in Decentraland, namely the Decentraland Conference Center.

We had 799 virtual land parcels contributed to create nearly 20 acres of the land for the Conference Center, making it a large conference center by any standard.

We’ve assembled a fine leadership team, and crafted a startup plan which we have shared with the original land contributors, for an upcoming ratification vote.

We’ve also been able to exemplify and teach best practices in creating new organizations by supporting and advising a number of other districts in Decentraland.

We are looking forward to building out the initial VR content of the Conference Center during the course of this year, for a grand opening around the end of the year.

Meanwhile you can learn more about the Decentraland Conference Center by visiting our web page, at https://dclconf.com or by joining the conversation at https://discord.gg/bxCyDqW

So, why a virtual reality conference center?

We believe that Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality can enable new paradigms of collaboration, learning, cooperative endeavors, colocation, and consultation among people. We also believe that a virtual conference center can contribute greatly to the successful development of virtual worlds. Whereas much of the space in a virtual world like Decentraland may be a dense urban reality, or private property, an open, spacious and inviting Conference Center can encourage people to meet, think deeply, converse well, and consult about projects and the future, not only for Decentraland, but for the development of human potential and the future of civilization.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here’s a glimpse of the prototype of the main entrance to the Conference Center.

 

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Why I’m Glad I Own Property in Decentraland

See my new article on Medium

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Are VR and Virtual Worlds a Good Thing?

See my new article on Medium

 

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The central purpose of the divine religions

The central purpose of the divine religions is the establishment of peace and unity among mankind. Their reality is one; therefore, their accomplishment is one and universal—whether it be through the essential or material ordinances of God. There is but one light of the material sun, one ocean, one rain, one atmosphere. Similarly, in the spiritual world there is one divine reality forming the center and altruistic basis for peace and reconciliation among various and conflicting nations and peoples.

‘Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, (Wilmette: US Baha’i Publishing Trust, 1982 second edition), p. 98. Available from http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PUP/pup-41.html#pg98

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The Blessed Perfection bore all these ordeals and calamities in order that our hearts might become enkindled and radiant

“Briefly, the Blessed Perfection bore all these ordeals and calamities in order that our hearts might become enkindled and radiant, our spirits be glorified, our faults become virtues, our ignorance be transformed into knowledge; in order that we might attain the real fruits of humanity and acquire heavenly graces; in order that, although pilgrims upon earth, we should travel the road of the heavenly Kingdom, and, although needy and poor, we might receive the treasures of eternal life. For this has He borne these difficulties and sorrows.”

— Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace

http://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/#f=f2-162

In this passage, Abdu’l-Baha refers to Baha’u’llah as the Blessed Perfection.  On Oct 21 of this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

 

 

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Kudos to AICoin and First Global Credit for Their Brilliant Business Model and Successful ICO!

The AICoin business model is brilliant.
AICoin is a leading example of a new generation of ICO: A solid existing company like First Global Credit uses an ICO to launch a new line of business, but has the strength of an existing company to provide services, infrastructure, and customer support. It’s time for strong existing businesses to leverage the Blockchain for new business models, and use ICOs to launch them. Kudos!

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Voted for Decentraland on the district0x site

I just voted on the district0x site for Decentraland to be prioritized as a project.

Here is how that works: You get some district0x DNT tokens into a suitable ERC20-compatible wallet (they suggest MetaMask), and then go to the district0x site and vote for a project. DNT tokens will probably be valuable for both economical and governance reasons.

Here is how I did it:

* The basic instructions are found in the voting area on the district0x site https://vote.district0x.io/
But I’ve detailed the steps more here.

* Set up a Liqui.io exchange account (because they trade the new district0x DNT token already, Bittrex doesn’t yet)

* Deposited some BTC or ETH into the exchange and traded it for DNT

* Install MetaMask wallet — a Chrome extension

* Withdrew the DNT tokens from Liqui.io into my MetaMask wallet.

* Instructed MetaMask about the new DNT token

* Transfered a small amount of ETH into the MetaMask wallet too, to pay for the gas of the voting process.

* Went to the voting area on the district0x site https://vote.district0x.io/

* Scrolled down to find Decentraland

* Launched Metamask (so it is running in the Chrome browser for sure, else the Vote button will be greyed out)

* Clicked on the VOTE word JUST BELOW the Decentraland progress indicator (not above the Decentraland section).

* MetaMask will pop up asking you to Submit (or reject) the vote. You don’t lose any DNT in voting, just a small ETH mining fee.

* Once your Tx is fully confirmed, your DNT balance will be added to the vote on the district0x site.

* If you change the amount of DNT in that wallet, you will change your vote!
vote.district0x.io

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