- About Virtually Olivia -

Welcome to the chronicle of places I go, and events I attend in my Second Life travels. I post lots of photos and landmarks to get to stops I recommend. Most of this blog - but not all - is dedicated to educational builds or places pertaining to education. I am an ardent Second Life traveler, and this blog reflects that. Olivia Hotshot. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

31 August 2009

AMRadio -Towards the Sky 17

Thank you to NPIRL Group:
** AM Radio's "Towards the Sky"
"Been missing or looking for the Refuge but not finding it? It's back... Version #3 even. And he's giving away a free car tonite only.." [Bettina Tizzy]


Ohhh Gooodddie it's coming soon.......

Burning Life '09 Trailer

"Past Burning Life participant Loki Eliot has made us a wonderful new Trailer for this year. The Burning Life team just loves the community feeling it has, and we hope you like it too. The team sends a big cheer to Loki, and a thank you for offering his work and time to the event!"


29 August 2009


metaverse_island_004.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

using Torley's Eye of Mowron windlight setting

28 August 2009

metaverse_island premiere

metaverse_island_010a.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

using Torley's Defenders I windlight setting

21 August 2009

Odalisque in Black Swan

black_swan_001, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.


Greetings from Second Life

Greetings.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

20 August 2009

Taken with the new - TOR's_Eats Night_Windlight

I'm in heaven. Thank you, Torley.


19 August 2009

SLER Meeting 8_18_09

SLER_8_18_09_015, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Case Studies of Direct Instruction in SL was the topic.

18 August 2009


mute_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Richard Hawley's House


chouchou_006.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Fascinating avatars roam chouchou.

16 August 2009

FREE September 2009 Desktop Calendar - Eshi Image

For your download pleasure.


BOSL_Fashion_Show_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.


If only it had fully rezzed.

Tarsha - Second Life (Music Video)

New music video for breakout rock group, TARSHA! Produced by Aleisha Russell / Esprit Films. Edited By Chris Lowe / Suite 7 Productions. From the Tarsha Singles EP - Available on iTunes in August!!...

Immersive learning: it's game on!

15 August 2009


CSUC_tour_MERLOT_003.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

What a great group!

(First time I was ever back channeled on Twitter! To see the tweets search for #MIC09)

14 August 2009


freud_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

The Theorist Project
About Freudbot

"Freudbot is a chatbot avatar designed to talk with avatars in SL about his life, his theories and the people he has known. Freudbot was designed by Bob Heller and Mike Procter from the Centre for Psychology at Athabasca University and is currently being made available here at The Theorists Project as part of an informal collaborative research project on immersive & interactive educational experiences. The Theorist Project has been designed by, and built in association with, the Counseling Program in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University."

For more information about research being done with conversational agents at Athabasca University see:



lehigh_campus_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Thanks to Cynth Valdor for the tour.



"Koinonia Congregation is an actual congregation meeting in Second Life opening its doors and its heart to people of various theologies, sexual orientations, and faith experiences, Koinonia practices God's extravagant welcome for all. Koinonia Christians celebrate the abundance of life and welcome the diversity of God's people."

"We at Koinonia seek to offer a safe space in which people from around the world engage in a community of ecumenical faith that represents liberal protestant values where all are valued as sacred children of God. We are grounded in a social gospel ethic and liberation theology, combined with a feminist pedagogy, we aim to walk the journey with others, faithfully."
Worship is every Wednesday at 6PM Second Life Time

10 August 2009

The Musician's Ball: A Night of Peace, Love & Music

Will NOT be there....and NOT with a really big smile. I was going to go with ***, but he had to flake and back out. I need more reliable friends.
(As a side note, i apologize for stating that the aforementioned person flaked. I apologize for any stress my comment may have caused aforementioned person. I never should have said this - at least in writing on my blog.)

While hundreds of music-loving social networkers from around the world are trekking to the SLCC in San Francisco this August, the SLCC Music Track is poised to showcase its talent! 'The Musician's Ball: A Night of Peace, Love & Music' is the social networking soirĂ©e of the weekend. It will be held Saturday, August 15th in the St. Francis Hotel Ballroom from 7p-1a. SLCC Music Track Performance Co-Chairs, Cylindrian Rutabaga and Lyndon Heart have strategically confirmed two dozen live music performances. While Second Life musicians will have the majority of the spotlight, comedians and artists will also entertain the crowd. There will be a cash bar open to adults 21 and over. It's a recession-buster night out! This event will be streamed into several venues around Second Life®, but join us face-to-face, if you can! Don't forget your camera for the photo opportunities! Grab your best denim and tie-dye, love beads and good vibes and meet us at the St. Francis! Purchase this ticket ONLY if you are NOT attending the overall SLCC. Attendees of the SLCC will enjoy the evening's events as part of their paid registration to the SLCC.


The Odd Ball -- psychedelic geek rave in San Francisco spacerBuy Tickets
Friday August 14, 2009 at 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom, Westin St Francis Hotel
335 Powell St
San Francisco, California 94102 Get Directions
Boston's Oddfellow Studios is bringing their improvised psychedelic multimedia show to SF with three goa/trance DJs spinning tunes from 8pm to after midnight.

Mixed reality uses the resources of a game engine, projected on a 1000 person venue ball room screen to make an immersive light/graphics show.

The graphics with trip you out, and the tunes will spin you up -- but for those who want to geek out, there will be a chance to peek "behind the curtain" at the graphics production of on-the-fly improvisation from four computers producing graphical jazz using Second Life.


Cash bar.
All ticket proceeds benefit the nonprofit The Future United, which puts on the SLCC conference each year.
Ticket Info: $15 advance/$20 at the door


This is the first time i ever had the mangled network data prompt:

09 August 2009

a bit of Barbarella

Scottius Polke sculpture

wireframe eiffel

wireframe eiffel_003a.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Pixel Nation Gallery

wireframe adventure

just a girl and her dog .. errr wolf.

"Wireframe is a method of rendering a 3D object. The wireframe method shows the object as if it was made of thin wires without solid faces to cover what lies behind them. Wireframe rendering is very fast compared to solid-faced rendering but can be confusing due to the increased number of lines visible. Also, there is no occlusion culling done (but some culling and LOD are done), which in turn adds even more lines to the scene." - Wireframe - Second Life Wikia

08 August 2009

butterfly poem

butterfly poem, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

cotton's students

cottons_kids_003.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Way to go Cotton Dover! Her teachers-to-be class on access & equity in education is going great!

Please contact Cotton Dover in-world about questions you may have regarding gender study in Second Life.

06 August 2009


island_house_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.


xeniversity_001.jpg, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

SLER 8_04_09 - An Empty Chair

SLER8_04_09_016, originally uploaded by Olivia Hotshot.

Unfortunately the guest from Iraq did not show. We're hoping everything is fine.