Friday, October 18, 2013

From Mars to Margaritaville_an EM 825 Summer 2013 Intergalactic Tour

It is with great delight that I showcase the accomplishments of my Emerging Media 825 Strategic Use of Virtual Worlds class.  Most of them began the term new to virtual world design and came from diverse backgrounds, yet rose to the challenge admirably!
EM 825 Summer 2013

Our visual tour begins with the Psych project team with its Cultural Center and Tzion, a place of comfort to victims of human trafficking. The Info Center blended a Welcome Center, wonderful Physics experiments, including an astronaut who stands between Earth, the Moon and Mars holding a hammer and a feather, a Virtual World Orientation Center, an Immersive Aquarium and Blue Visions, a sensory experience.

Margaritaville featured the Save the Manateee Project, complete with the Tiki Fun Hut, the Surf Shop, The Museum, the Underswater evolution from the Frill to the Manatee, and the Pirate Cove.

From there, we visit Virtual Golf and the Castle Pro Shop, that depict memorable golf moments that embody Csikszentmihalyi's mental states of Flow and Celia Pearce's notions of emergence in these learning spaces.

The Mad Scientists project took us on a tour of the Martian World's Faire, and the wealth of interactive content dazzles the mind.  From Buckydomes and intergalactic communication devices to Human Cell Avatar measurement instrumentation, there is something for everyone!

The Virtual Tour of the Mall blends with DC's famous structures and the Hall of Presidents to a quirky Presidential trivia game and a Dragon tour guide.

I am very proud of my students and thank them for working hard to provide a memorable close to our Emerging Media 825 excursions in Second Life. I will miss you!

For invites to doctoral defenses in 2013, please write me at

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Music Videos and Snazzy Visuals

Created with Imagechef
Don't believe everything you read. While it is the season for haunted houses and ghouls, I created a few signs to celebrate Fall and have posted the first in a series of class videos from Summer term in Second Life. 

Today, I'm hosting a session on how to create music videos and snazzy visuals using some of my favorite tools. 

Animoto creates music videos fast and allows you to copy and edit your work quickly and easily. Best of all, it is easy to share, embed or post.

 Here is a sample video that I made from the EM 825 Margaritaville: Save the Manatee class project.

Imagechef has a variety of fun tools, including Word Mosaics and humorous signs.  I'll post a few of my favorites here.

Click on a category and add your information to create a custom sign. For the Word Mosaics, select your color, shape, font and text.

For a larger font, separate your text with spaces instead of putting words on separate lines. Include a blank space at the end of a line for a better layout. 

 Imagechef is free, but if you want to use your signs for use in presentations or public displays, there is a nominal annual fee that is worth it for those who need custom images that convey a strong message. 

Created with Imagechef

You can, however, inspire your friends or frustrate unwanted guests with signs, such as this one. 

In addition to Word Mosaics, another alternative is Wordle.  In the Wordle below,  the word Games is listed twice and as a result, is larger than the rest of the words. If your goal is to convey a message based on the relative importance based on the frequency of use for certain words, use Wordle. 

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Lastly, we have a new puppy and while we named him Edgar Allen Poe (Poe for short), he shares something in common with this little fella. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Smoke and Mirrors The Magic of Emerging Media

The Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) invited me to speak on a variety of topics related to Emerging Media and reversible business models at INTERFACE Denver 2012. Highlights from the talk are depicted in my presentation on Slideshare.

To complement the topics that were showcased during this one-day conference, the session blended social media, social networks, reversible business models and the impact of IT, augmented reality, QR codes, creating streaming video, using hash tags in Twitter, mobile apps and easy app generation tools, designing simulations in virtual worlds, games, and game-based cultures in the workplace.

Many thanks to Randy Storm and Kathryn Schnepple for the invitation! *cheers*

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Doctor of Computer Science Fall 2012 Innovations

During the Fall 2012 Workshop at Colorado Technical University's Doctor of Computer Science Symposium, our research students contributed their innovation ideas to a time capsule that they called their Brain Map.

In it, they worked in small groups to identify innovation areas for future research after watching several inspirational videos, including Corning's A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked and discussed their call to action for further research and development.  

Based on their recommendations for future research, we ended the session with a review of Microsoft's vision of the future, as featured in a video called Microsoft at 2020.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CTU Summer 2012 Celebration

Students from CS 855 and EM 825 joined graduates from prior classes and members of our learning community in a celebration at the end of Summer 2012 term.

Click here to view Lyr Lobo's Celebration Summer 2012 video on Animoto.

In Second Life, DJ Astoria Luminos hosted the music stream of hits from the 70s and 80s as we distributed gifts and discussed our plans after the term ends.

If you missed out on the treats and would like a copy, please contact Lyr Lobo in Second Life.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Highlights from 33 Classes with Lyr Lobo in an Animoto Video

To celebrate our Second Life classes from 2006-2012, here is an Animoto video with highlights from 33 classes. More detailed videos are offered in the Blog archives.

Today, Colorado Technical University hosts 4-7 classes per term in Second Life. Animoto creates free 30-second videos from your images and turns them into a music video. The music in this video is Winds of Change by Jap Jap and available in Animoto's royalty free music collection.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

2012 Relay Music and Entertainment Schedule

2012 RFL Telethon Studio - Live Telethon Coverage

Country Live Music Stage/Hosting

1PM    DJ Lynn Cuttita/ Host Kathrine Starfall
2PM    Gary Moore Tribute Show/ Host Amanda Darbyshire
3PM    DJ Rosa Alekseev
4PM    DJ Mila Avedon
5PM    DJ Nardo Andrew/ Host Missy Taffeta
6PM    DJ Kylani Zerbino/ Host Jasmine Loening
7PM    Satin Galli & Erin68 Frog
8PM    RB Hamelin
10PM  Live Country Musician
11PM  Live Country Musician
12AM  DJ Bryan Rickena/ Host Sierra Sugar
7AM   Live Country Musician/ Host Lady Chipmunk Foxtrot
8AM   Live Country Musician
9AM   Shaye Dezno/ Host: Amanda Darbyshire

DJ Music Stage/Hosting

1PM    ChangHigh Fireshow/ Host- Tuesday Memo
2PM    DJ Red Ryder/ HostTuesday Memo
3PM    DJ Suellen/ Host Dona Aquila
4PM    DJ Anakin Crystal/ Host Jessii warhol-Giano
5PM    DJ Dusk Griswold/ Host Vickie Maidstone
6PM    DJ Madonna Milena/ Host TxUptownGirl Beaumont
7PM    DJ Zander Greene/ Host Dani Durant
8PM    DJ Mordicai Fall/ Host Starlyn Harvy
10PM  DJ Joey Williamson/Host Lady Draegonne
11PM  DJ Dakota Christensen/ Host Phoenix Piek
12AM  DJ Zander Greene/Host Phoenix Piek
1AM    DJ Madonna Milena
2AM    DJ DarkSoulessAngel Xue/ Host Tuesday Memo
7AM   DJ Holocluck Henly/ Tee Auster
8AM   DJ Rinda DeCuir
9AM   DJ Mikael Foxtrot/ Host Tee Auster

Live Music Stage/Hosting

2PM    Harmonia Trefoil/ Host Dona Aquila
3PM    Lauren Ilo/ Host Butterfinger03
4PM    ScarlettLa Roux/ Host Butterfinger 03
5PM     ELiz Watanabe/Host: Skye Fireheart
6PM    Zak Claxton/ Host Zahara Faith
7PM    Sassy Nitely/ Host Zahara Faith
8PM    FrankLee Anatra/ Host Edith Halderman
10PM  FreeStar Tammas
11PM  Teresa Nightfire
12AM  Live Musician/Host Butterfingers03
7AM   Grace Mcdunnough/ Host Sunshine Zhangsun
8AM   TwinGhost Ronas/ Host Jeannie Dreamer
9AM   Lyrica Acoustic/ Host Jeannie Dreamer

T1 Radio

9AM   Nuala/Trader
10AM Trader
11AM Nuala
12AM Nuala
1PM    Nuala/Trader
2PM    Nuala/Trader
3PM    Nuala/Trader
4PM    Dee Wolfe
5PM    Dee Wolfe Portia Lytton
6PM    Portia Lytton
7PM    Fizban Underwood
8PM    Fizban Underwood - Trader
9PM    Trader
10PM  Fuzzball Ortega
11PM  Fuzzball - Vic Mornington
12AM  Vic Mornington
1AM    Splash Kidd ?
2AM   4 Musketeers
3AM   Nightwalker Galaxy
4AM   Mady Majestic
5AM   Mady Majestic - Trader
6AM   Trader
7AM   Suzetta Moonites
8AM   Suzetta Moonites - Trader
9AM   Trader
10AM Trader
11AM Trader
12:30PM Trader Nuala All DJS

Themed Laps
Welcome Center

1PM    Teams Lap
2PM    Silly Hats/Big Hair
3PM    Animal Kingdom
4PM    The First Timer Lap
5PM     Cruisin' Western Style
6PM    Blast from the Past
7PM    Musicians For Relay
8PM    Favorite HOliday
10PM  Fancy Footwear
11PM   Fantasy Hour
12AM  Midnight Masquerade
1AM    The Power of Purple
2AM    Monster Mash
3AM    Super Heroes!
4AM   Sports Mania
5AM   Up All Night
7AM   International Lap
8AM   Caring & Curing
9AM   Formal Hour
10AM Closing Ceremonies
11AM Victory Lap