this is temporary.
i appreciate you for being here. eventually, you will find content here.
for now, find it elsewhere:
13: Best of What’s New, Popular Science, December 2003
14: New Economy, A nerdy entrepreneur dreamed of a better place. Now he’s made one, using $33 million and some virtual dune buggies. New York Times, January 2003
15: Back to the Future, Time, January 2003
20: USA Today, 2003. My apologies for this one — I screenshotted the article and took down a quick note, but have been unable to find it again.
25: Rookie mistake here — I forgot to jot down the URL for this forum, but if it helps, a quick Google search finds many, many posts like this over a pretty wide range of years.
27: Look, you can Google Esquire, it’s not hard to find. But Tim’s book? Seriously, buy it: https://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Detail-Novel-Tim-Maughan/dp/0374175411/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1676757578&sr=8-1
34: jesus christ, second life. this is from their youtube channel. i dont even want to find it again, but i promise you it is there.
42: I reference this clip in my very first video essay, but it appeared to be unlisted now.
20: This is taken from marketing newsletter copy. Sorry, I don’t have a link to it — you’ll just have to take my word for it!
21: https://www.matthewball.vc/all/themetaverse — if you can stomach it, https://www.matthewball.vc/the-metaverse-primer
34: While I’ll source most Tweets, I won’t source these — some are by ordinary folks, and some are by journalists or “thinkers” who you can easily find by searching for yourself.
36: No Maps for These Territories, Mark Neale, 2000
1: Sword Art Online, Episode 1: The World of Swords (2012)
2: The Matrix (1999)
3: Mysteries of the Brain: Brain-Computer Interface: https://youtu.be/p1XQ4uxqxZI
4: Gabe Newell on Valve’s Brain Computer Interfaces and Gaming Inside the Brain: https://youtu.be/tVu-96J6_I0
5: How do brain scans work? – John Borghi and Elizabeth Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B10pc0Kizsc
6: Noninvasive EEG-based control of a robotic arm for reach and grasp tasks: https://youtu.be/w6QEGeIKHw0
7: Hernandez-Pavon J, Makela N, Lehtinen H, Lioumis P, Makela J, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
8: Divergent Minds – Mind Field S2 (Ep 7): https://youtu.be/wcPzTr-BbAA
9: Neil Harbisson: I listen to color: https://youtu.be/ygRNoieAnzI
10: Neuralink: Elon Musk’s entire brain chip presentation in 14 minutes (supercut): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLUWDLKAF1M
11: How OpenBCI Products Go Together: https://youtu.be/QIWswAOFp8w
12: Vision 2017 – Advertising in VR: The Money is Coming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBWYhlZt5Fo
13: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testimony on data privacy before Senate committee | ABC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQN4On0K7-w
Alright, so no intro here — you’ve seen the video.
You’ll need a dedicated graphics card, likely a NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Super or better. Likewise, you’ll need a processor from around 2014/15 or better. Think something like an Intel i7 4770k (or the laptop equivalent). You’ll probably also want at least 16GB of RAM.
For good performance, you’ll want an NVIDIA GeForce 1080/AMD Radeon 5700 or greater, paired with at least an Intel i7 7700k, AMD R5 3600, or newer processor. You’ll want 32GB of RAM, too.
While I’ve heard people running some crazy setups, the lowest I’ve personally witnessed was my own laptop driving a Quest 2. That machine’s (relevant) specs were:
Realistically though, if you want GOOD performance in VR… well, I hope you have deep pockets! My current system uses an 5800x combined with a 3090 and I still barely hit over 40 FPS in most crowded clubs. So yeah, skies the limit, really.
And yes: this sucks! But it kinda just is what it is. Using some optimization techniques (as shown in the video) and turning off people’s avatars, you can get a livable framerate. But if you want to show everyone’s avatar, with shaders? Prepare for pain.
MAY 5, 10:00 AM EST: YOUTUBE.
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The Virtual Underground is an hour-long tour of VRChat’s thriving, underground music scene.
In this documentary, Strasz discusses what makes the VRChat rave scene so special, featuring interviews with some of the most prominent members of the scene, including BarryBlueJorts, Velatix, 2ToneDisco, Kye, Lamp DX, Noire, 0b4k3, and Cannorin.
Special thanks to Finn, whose help was crucial throughout this project.
Port Zero, named after a public spawning point in Snow Crash, is essentially a group of people that have self-selected to be part of a creative group whose purpose is just… to create. Create what? That’s up to the group.
There were many reasons Jayne started Port Zero (you can read about some of them here), but ultimately it’s an attempt at doing many things at once:
Despite being the “founder” of the group, Jayne isn’t the boss. The group does what the group wants to do. That could be creating a vtuber, or a D&D campaign, or even a Discord bot.
Outside of being a fan of the idea — I’ve been wondering if I could use a similar, smaller framework to generate helpful content for the communities that *my community* belongs to.
To be blunt, because of the content I’ve created, my community contains a high percentage of trans women.
Often this leads to a lot of questions: Where can you find resources for voice training? What about practicing your speaking voice in a safe space? What communities in VRChat are “safe”?
While I don’t have a large platform (barely any lol), I have convinced a bunch of people to join our Discord server, many of them who are eager to help others.
So maybe… we could create a working group of sorts that would attempt to tackle some of the above questions (and problems). We could start by putting together and maintaining resource lists, as well as maybe even setting up servers and events to help people out.
To be clear — these sorts of things exist elsewhere, but I’m not sure to what extent they exist in *our* space, in virtual reality.
My goal here wouldn’t be to run these projects, but rather shepherd them. The way I see it, I could help direct resources where they need to go, empowering members of my community to do the groundwork necessary. Then, we can all work together to get the resources we make out there.
I also wouldn’t want to stop here.
The way I see it, this sort of thing could lead into charity events, or maybe even tackling other problems — some serious, some not. Maybe we could have numerous working groups, all working on different problems.
I don’t know.
Is this a good idea? Is it a bad one? Is it really my place to jump in?
This blog post is a jumping off point. I’ll be posting this in a new channel in my community, and letting it stew for a week or two. Depending on the ensuing conversation, we’ll maybe do something together… or maybe we’ll shelf the idea. Maybe for later. Maybe it’ll just disappear.
Anyway. Yeah. That’s the idea: I’d like to build a community group that is self-guided (although the first few projects would be based around offering resources to those that need them most). From there, if it works, we could build it up into something larger.