Buddy, you’re a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got bood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your hammer all over the place
We will, we will hop you, sing it!
We will, we will hop you, yeah!
(Queen – free interpration)
For sad HG Safarians or those that never had the joy to go on HG Safari with Thirza Ember here a real eye opener: a new group inworld – the HG Hoppers!
And for all residents of Craft-World furthermore: HG Hoppers are installing a base in Craft. A fabulous welcome to the community!
I had a long and interesting talk two of the group managers – Juliette Surrealdreaming and Art Blue – a few days ago. Juliette is an artist and author in RL, living in California, USA, Art is an artistic computer scientist (or a scientific computer artist, take it as you like), and also an author and resides in Germany. Both agreed, that they will put the focus of the group on art conservation, education and much more.
Tosha: Hi Juliette, hi Art, welcome to Craft-World and thank you for coming to talk with me.
Juliette: Hi Tosha, thank you.
Art: Hi Tosha, thank you for the welcome, in fact I was born in Craft World 4 years ago which makes me in dog times 4 * 15 as life is so hard here to survive to 60 years.
Juliette: OMG that is very funny.
Art: So virtual meets real, is a fact.
Juliette: Suffice it to say Art is just an old timer.
Tosha: Now, you and Art have decided to do the HG Hoppers…
Juliette: Art is the fearless leader, I’m just hopping along after him
Tosha: Can you tell me what brought you to do this – because I assume it means a lot of work
Juliette: Well, we are doing it for a few reasons
Art: Hopping is harder as one might think as you dont know from to where until you hopped
Juliette: first art conservation, second education and third because Art decree we do it.
Tosha: That really sounds like an interesting aproach, especially the last point…
Juliette (smiles broadly)
Art: The focus is on certified hopping, but it would have sounded strange to say HG certified hoppers let’s hop
Tosha: Then you have special places in mind – I mean you go with a certain claim?
Juliette: We are open to visiting any server / grid / sim we are invited to bring the hoppers to. We’d like to visit them ourselves and so what better way than with a small group?
Tosha: Even if they are not special places like art/education?
Juliette: Absolutely. Because there are so many wonderful theme servers built and hidden nooks and crannies so many of us don’t know about that are open to the public. We consider ourselves to be multi-grid hoppers really.
Tosha: yes! I am travelling around lately myself a bit more then and find really surprising places.
Juliette: (smiles) Yes, it’s amazing what is available
Tosha: Do you understand yourselves as sort of “follow-ups” of Thirza Ember?
Juliette: Absolutely! We were HG Safarrians and when she retired, Art got with her and asked how she felt if we continued doing something. So yes, Thirza might be coined the “grandmother” of hopping. lol
Tosha: Very cool. I love to know that her work continues in this way
Art: I have to add – which brings me back to certified … when there is a backup we hop also to private home servers. Such severs are not used to high traffic and I dont want that some hoppers get stuck and have to relog a few times and finally we might have to give up
Juliette: Well we will always run into that periodically I think
Tosha: Oh, but that is half of the fun, Art, that people land without their hair or only half the cloths on
Juliette: I do agree Tosha. It’s the “drama” of the hoppers – and what is life without drama?
Tosha: But things are going much smoother lately I feel
Juliette: I’m experiencing less difficulty. In the beginning, which is not long, I was so very unsure
Tosha: Are you going to publish your trips?
Juliette: We have a blog
Art: A backup exists even right now for the next hop on Feb 28 to Craft World, presenting Women in art. Juliette?
Juliette: And of course we love anyone who blogs about the tours. That is how word of mouth travels in virtual worlds it seems. We also have a fb as you probably know
Art: Back to Juliette’s saying Thirza is the grandmother of hopping. We have one of the grandmothers in our founding team: WizardOz Chrome
Juliette: She is our “ambassador” so to speak
Tosha: Yes! will she also be active?
Juliette: She has been thus far
Tosha: Good! She is such a talented lady! and sweet! A good combination
Juliette: Yes she is and yes she is. Art and I adore her to be honest and take all measures to support her work
Tosha: How often do you think your hopping will be?
Art: The HG Hoppers group exists in every main grid: Metropolis, OS-grid, Francogrid and now Craft World
The Hopper’s new base – still in construction – in Craft
Juliette: We’re starting off slow… just once a month and for only 1 hour upt to 1 1/2 hours max
Tosha: I am flattered you consider craft a main grid, Art (smiles)
Juliette: 3 hours was too long for me personally. So the places we visit are for about 30 minutes each.
Art: That’s different to HG Safari … as Juliette said, never longer than 90 minutes
Juliette: We feel people will return to interesting locations now they know of it and have the LM.
Tosha: So you plan to visit 3 places each time you go?
Juliette: Two. With a spill over if needed to a 3rd. Occasionally it might only be one location if something special happens… we never know
Art: it can be 45 + 15 or a mix of times up to 90 max. But usually 60 min in total
Tosha: Will you have a jour fix?
Juliette: Yes, we have a fixed day of the week, time of the week and place to start.
Juliette: Thursday, 1pm PDT or 22h CET, at Futurelab in metropolis
Tosha: How do you organize your tours?
Juliette: We connect with interested people and then secure a date.
Juliette: We are already lined up through March.
Juliette: February 28 we come to Craft-World.
Art: Lets speak about Feb 28 as I said: Women in art: Xirana Oximoxi
A sneak preview of Xirana Oximoxi’s exhibition
Tosha: The woman with the many x’s yes
Juliette: (laughs) Yes. She’s going to give a history talk
Tosha: What is your preferred focus?
Juliette: Well almost everything except nightclubs, stripclubs that sort of thing. Those are for people to do privately. We are looking for craft in builders and themes and of course artist and education and fantasy and sci fi and westerns (laughs) – you name it
Art: I have to come back on certified … we only visit places that are outstanding … it has to fit to the global mission of quality that deserves to become museal over time
Juliette (nods to Art)
Art: We have only 10 hops a year
Tosha: Outstanding places is a high standard. Who decides what is outstanding?
Juliette: Well if we like it then that’s the decision
Art: I decide and Julette rebells
Juliette: (laughs loud) NO
Tosha: Never let anyone dictate you
Juliette: Oh he tries (points to Art and smiles)
Tosha: Men, Juliette, they are that way
Juliette: SMH. what is wrong with them?????
Tosha: They just can’t help it
Juliette: I know right?! (sighs)
Tosha: (laughs), I think many, many women asked that kind of question!
Juliette: I just smile and nod at him when he tells me what to do and then when he leaves I just do what I want… Just teasing Art… I obey
Art: Hopping means also technology and Juliette has to pass on this, so the last card is on me to play
Juliette (rolls her eyes)
Art: you know the TOS entry to Craft World I posted on this https://hypergridhop.com/2019/01/30/all-right-world/
Tosha: Art, you scare me a little
Juliette: Sometimes I have to re-focus that mind of his Tosha, it spins out of control way out there sometimes. So I rebel and that does the trick
Art: Maybe you can finally share the timetable of what is already set up Juliette?
Juliette: Of course, Art. We have the following scheduled:
- February 28 We will visit the Kitsune Temple on Metropolis and take a look at the forthcoming 2020 1Biennale A LIVING DOOR.
- Then we will travel to Xirana’s gallery.
- March 28 we will visit Tryad & Loru’s server, for art and fashion.
- Then visit Avatarfest, which is now called Opensims Fest2019
- in April… we are hoping to secure a visit to former VHS and the other location not 100% yet
Tosha: What is VHS?
Juliette: It’s an educational server, focused on builders and language. But there might be more than we know… we’re finding out, but it is fascinating.
Tosha: But your staff is bigger I saw in fb
Art: Everyone who comes is part and can make suggestions, we had a planning council round on this in December
Art: About the focus of technology: We presented in January the first opensim native coded Mesh avatars. We plan also to show a camera control tool for artists to move their visitor smoothly in an immersive way along their installation … known originally as Harpers tools. And coded fresh, not a sort of import by third particles. Ashton Tate, prof. at Edingburgh university VR has supervised the creation
Juliette: uhm… (looks to Art)
Tosha: What is a native coded mesh avatar, please?
Juliette: Legal not stolen and uploaded, to be blunt
Tosha: Ok. Also the camera control tool sounds interesting
Juliette: Yes and it was Art and Daniel who brought forth our OAR system technology… really interesting stuff
Art: OAR uploder usable for artists with no land access tools needed for it
Juliette: It is… so those two bring in the technology, I just learn it. I believe we’ll be bringing OAR to our craft-world sim, isn’t that true Art?
Art: Same of particle performances: sitting outside of a sim on a stick that turns to the place of the performance so only the performer is in the region, all the visitors are on a root-prim outside this sim
Juliette: We plan to develop a bit of a demo area here at Craft-World… so we’ll be showing those things in the future. Our technology strives for low lag.
Art: You may say like a fisherman stands on the land and gets fish from the middle of the lake
Juliette: Good analogy Art. Tosha, he’s always about the fish
Tosha: Maybe he lives in a desert 😛
If you had made me choose
Which sense Id like to lose,
Id rather choose my sight.
No need to see in darkest night.
A thousand voices in my head,
A million thoughts need to be said,
I know I would.
That is from Neurotic Fish, Juliette meant.
Juliette: Fish, bunnies… you name it… he chases it
Tosha: I meant neurotic desert
Tosha: But does that not hinder the contact? I mean, it is nice to be amidst the things. to bump into walls once in a while, to open doors and so on
Juliette: Not really because it allows for more people to join in. And we do plenty of that Tosha! But for performances or special events however we can lower the lag is best.
Tosha: Ok, understood
Juliette: Yes, be like me, smile and nod
Art: We are not as complicated as it looks: we want to grow in numbers
Juliette: Yeah that’s the bottom line. All the rest is just icing on the cake.
Tosha: Grow by complication
Juliette: I’m looking for a complication (smiles)
Tosha: Well, actually, I am not really an enemy of complications either
Juliette: Yeah… they simplify life
Tosha: Uh, they make it fun – sometimes
Tosha: Well, really, I think we are up to exciting times with the two of you!
Art: Just come, join HG Hopper and get to see – like on Feb 28 a brief look into the history of Women in Art setup in virtual words with elements you cant do in real created by the painter Xirana Oximoxi living in Craft World
Tosha: I really love your ideas. Thanks for sharing them!
Here a couple of useful links to the HG-Hoppers:
And now: Let’s hop with Juliette and Art!