show 232: awe 2019 munich

over 100 exhibitors & tons of speakers from ar, vr and xr startups as well as big brands came to drax’ hometown of munich, germany for the 4th annual augmented world expo, euro edition. drax did no presentation this year but roamed the halls to catch up with old friends and make new ones. enjoy…

show 231: waste tide

qiufan chen was a tech entrepreneur in the vr field no less before writing a perfect novel for our present day. “waste tide” was released in china back in 2013 and just this year appeared in english as well as in german translation. the novel reads like a documentary with a james bond type international thriller…

show #230: dr. murder is ready to .. explain [!!!]

today on the show dr. lee mellor better known as dr. murder. he will present a lecture series called “murder in vr” starting this wednesday. fascinating conversation with a fellow that i can’t quite place. but then again: i dropped out of my psychology studies long ago to pursue art …. enjoy: and more info…

show #229: stealing worlds …

karl schroeder is a veteran novelist and futurist. for some reason he has been off Drax’ radar but this has now changedas mrs. drax urged him to get karl’s latest “stealing worlds” via cory doctorow’s recommendation. the book is a ultra-dense exploration of a future in which vr, ar, ai, iot and blockchain dominate economy, society,…

show #228: we are giants ! ! !

we are back from summer vacation and must now stop referring to ourselves as multiples because jo yardley has left the building [amicably of course as she is too busy in the dutch countryside and 1920s berlin!] on the show today with drax only: young adult / middle-grade author amber lee dodd who appears as fox avatar…

we are on summer break …

and it is that time of year again = we are here but we are also not here. translation? good content will come back, drax is refueling via meditation, solitude, long walks and reading. and possibly making music too. official oh and what should YOU listen to and read and “consume” while we are gone?…

show #227:the dark dark fantasy of ksenia anske

russian-born seattle resident ksenia anske writes young adult dark fantasy. her concise novels are deep and dangerous and escapist fare they are most certainly not but rather brave examinations of the [teenage] human condition, wrapped in gorgeous packages: ksenia’s entire marketing strategy from layout to end-reader delivery is a great example of how to navigate self-publishing…

show #226: lara donnelly – vintage glam noir [deep inside vr]

lara donnelly writes vintage-glam spy thrillers according to her website and upon having been alerted by twitter to lara’s oeuvre as well as the exquisite genre description, drax extended an invitation to the virtual world of sansar. not only did lara accept: she also issued precise “orders” about the visual details of her avatar embodiment: a…

show #225: cat sparks on writing awesome cli-eco-dysto-fi

cat sparks is an award-winning australian scifi writer [among many other artistic talents] & drax was alerted to her wonderful writing by #114harvest community member daisy gator [i believe her words were “you have to get cat on! she is fantastic!!!]. as a compliant read-a-holic drax devoured “lotus blue” as well as cat’s short story…

show #224: women in vws

today a talk with two fantastic and creative women from different virtual worlds: isabelle cheren from sl and xaos princess from hifi [both by the way dabbling in sansar as well]. topic at hand? enforcing the rules, in a just and democratic way, which – to put it mildly – is a huge challenge baked…

show #223: tad williams is in the [other?] house

and it is a wrap: drax devoured the “memory, sorrow & thorn” trilogy in record time & brushed up on “otherland” to prep for bestselling scifi/fantasy author tad williams‘ appearance in sansar. what an event: tad for the first time in vr, hosted by linden lab at their sf hq. 2 avatars, one “handmade” by…

show #222: little miss history is making history

barbara ann mojica is bringing history to young folks via an avatar. before our sansar live stream only in 2d but silas merlin built her an awesome avatar. due to some audio problems we re-recorded a conversation which is the core of today’s podcast. enjoy a frank conversation about analog vs. digital media in teaching,…

show #221: laura gilmour on neurodiversity in vr

guest today is laura gilmour, phd student at the university of alberta in canada. she is pursuing a degree in educational psychology & recently completed a study for a paper entitled “is participation in family role-play in second life associated with improved social and emotional support and well-being among adults with autism spectrum disorders?” yes…

show #220: sl freedom is not free … [should it be?]

linden lab has “re-organized” their income stream by increasing/decreasing revenue they receive from different parts of the sl economy. and as expected: from various different quarters of the community we hear various recommendations for ll employees including executives of shoving things, checking heads or simply stopping to ruin/rape/destroy me/you/the world/the metaverse … jo and drax…

show #219: so what about rec room?

and another episode in our series “so what about …” and this time – finally as some may say – drax is visiting rec room. a world that has been around for 3 years, started with paddle ball & was ignored by drax due to his anti-athletic bias but alas: rec room has a LOT…

show #218: open house

today just a wonderful impromptu get-together in sansar: friday evening in europe/friday morning in the us = wrapping up the week with heartwarming, quirky, human stories, facilitated by the avatar embodiment & the ability to choose text or voice as means to communicate. such is the power of a virtual world. and no: this can…

show #217: berlin hat geburtstag

1920s berlin in second life has been around for 10 years if you can believe it and my co-host jo together with her tenants can surely feel extremely proud to run a tight-knit virtual community like this, especially in a day and age where next-generation virtual worlds seem to have a hard time retaining their…

show #216: sarah darer littman & scary current ya

sarah darer littman writes young adult novels that deal with bullying and modern technology. her ability to inhabit the world of teenagers today, offering a multitude of perspectives including those of parents, is fascinating. as a parent these books can be scarier than anything stephen king has ever written but the stories are also healing and…

show #215: what time is it? xaos time …

  my guest is xaos princess [again] and what a pleasure to meet in the physical realm, eat super healthy food & talk immersive social vr, specifically the recent announcements about changes in high fidelity as presented by ceo philip rosedale at two in-world meetings a few weeks back. let’s dive right in. coz you…

show #214: fantasy faire 2019 and going …

fantasy faire in second life , open since april 18th, has already raised almost 10 million linden dollars. is that not insane and amazing that essentially digital immersive art, populated and shaped by the residents of this wonderful universe, have this impact? the making and the purchase of those items that some may say do not…

show #213: fantasy faire 2019

as of its third day counting, fantasy faire 2019 in second life has raised 3,487,572 l$ which amounts to 13,950 us$ for the american cancer society. how did they do that? well: micro-payments in linden currency for imaginative merchandise, avatars, buildings, anything that enhances this wonderful virtual world. it is quite remarkable what is happening…

show #212: open mic = the killer app …

today – as news come in that high fidelity is making severe changes due to lack of adoption in the social vr space – i humbly present a small success story: getting people together in one space and doing a regular open mic event that fosters community, is focused on inclusion via accepting people as…

show #211: vw best practices in edu

the annual virtual worlds best practices in education conference happened over this past weekend and it was full of wonderful thought-provoking keynote speeches, lectures and panel discussions. the “our digital selves” film was prominently featured in a few events and today we are presenting the audio of a discussion entitled “the making of …” of…

show #210: vr facing off in rl: are you game?

    well it was about time: my “nemesis” from high fidelity – xaos princess as she calls herself – and i met at a local restaurant to battle it out: we were [“vr” in past tense] ready to face off and tell each other what is what = sansar vs high fidelity with second…

show #209: so what about engagevr?

today we are hanging out in engagevr with chris madsen and mike armstrong. fascinating platform geared towards educators with solid management and curriculum design tools. enjoy: here is more for your brain to digest: a few pictures from our adventure in engage: original unedited live stream: if you catch the show before 3/27 >>> tune…

show #208: virtual babies

the zooby animesh baby is coming and a new drax files mini documentary exploring family roleplay is coming april 20th [oh heck it is 4/20 somewhere alright …]. in preparation we are exploring the phenomenon of virtual babies in today’s episode. enjoy: and more to contemplate below: show today with interview featuring aurore clarity, the…

show #207: positivity

on today’s show: a positive look at second life as expressed by seasoned residents and brand n00b students tasked with classwork in sl. also: a tribute to fran who passed on at 92 years of age & drax’ very first reportage from 2007. enjoy: more to read and watch below: lexy nexen talks truth [no…

show #206: margi preus on writing ya historical fiction

    bestselling author margi preus is in the house today. in the sansar house. and it was a real treat: the drax family enjoyed her books and is still catching up on the other historical ya novels margi has on offer. enjoy a celebration of the written word as delivered by a avatar, transcending…

show #205: so what about decentraland?

decentraland to some may look like a good ol’ fashioned scam updated for the experiential age: virtual land being sold for millions of REAL dollars without even an actual place on a social vr space to visit, hang out and build quite yet. only a map. and finite land. and the blockchain …. drax spoke…

show #204: so what about somnium space?

… and we went to another social vr world on the show today = founder and ceo artur sychov of somnium space [= and the dude behind the ar/vr advertising placement agency “admix” as well as a member of the vr blockchain alliance] was giving us a tour and by “us” i mean friends vassay and…

show #203: so what about vrchat?

    we went to vrchat for an hour, loki eliot and i and we bumped into that dude out.of.order who keeps showing up and it was madness and a edited version is below for your discerning ears. i am off to take a shower ….. enjoy: aaaand look below for more stuff to digest…

show #202: so what about hifi?

…and here we are in high fidelity at a place called @thespot, randomly engaging in conversation. slightly edited version of friday’s stream is on offer today & jo yardley and i spar for half the show on vw minutiae like only we can… enjoy a super extra long and mad podcast = shrooms for the…

show #201: so what about sansar?

in a series tentatively titled “so what about …?” we are going to exercise the hippest online sport of all = whataboutism. actually no, we are not: we are actually visiting the leading next gen vr worlds – specifically their welcome areas or social hubs or however they may be called these days – to…

show #200: erik mondrian = master of fine arts made in sl

our guest todays is looooong time sl resident & furry erik mondrian who is an mfa student at the inter school at calarts in los angeles [yes the one and only college-to-pixar pipeline !] and erik has created [for his mfa thesis] a wonderful synergy between poetry and machinima with an inherent musicality that frankly reminds me…

show #199: the state of the state[s] of social vr

we are back and it is 2019 and we are discussing the state of affairs in the realm of social vr. an illustrious panel we have assembled indeed: besides frau jo yardley we have donna davis from the university of oregon journalism department, shyla the super gecko, co-founder of sinespace adam frisby and principal engineer…

show #198: cb lee on writing [awesome] ya novels

and the last show before the winter break [which shall last UNTIL JANUARY 15th ] is upon you dear listener: cb lee is in the sansar basement/house in both star wars themed and humanoid avatar.  cb lee writes wonderful novels for young adults with everything you need: romance, heartbreak, adventure, conspiracy, ethnically and gender diverse…

show #197: old lux sl is dead. long live new sansar lux

luxembourg 1867 was a mainstay in second life and now the plug will be pulled because pit vinandy and team have decided to move the entire project to sansar. why? we caught him and put him on the spot and found out. tl’dr hint: second life is not dead but museums who pay the bill…

show #196: liz jensen on the fun & pain of writing

liz jensen is a best-selling author, former sculptor and radio producer, a journalist with experience working overseas and now she has possibly reached the ultimate goal in life: being made into a avatar [by silas merlin] in the user-created social vr universe of sansar. enjoy a wonderful conversation,  celebrating the art of writing, demystifying it…

show #195: bill prensky on vw learning as textbook of the future

this week a pre-edited portion of an interview with bill prensky from cndg, talking education in virtual worlds. cndg has been in partnership with pearson to produce vw modules in sl for several years and their model is quite successful. this audio is part of the basis for my upcoming drax files special on using…

show #194: best practices for education in virtualities

just came back from florida – a whirlwind tour through the state university system talking with lecturers and the wonderful dev team behind cndg. these guys have been using second life in a way i have not seen implemented before: smart and easy to use for professor and student alike. we met at the stem…

show #193: the war is still on but we dance [rerun]

just back from a long trip around the world and heading out again soon in the name of virtual worlds: yes i have started on a comprehensive look at higher education in virtual worlds & a new video will come mid to late december. meantime this week with a one-day delay that i apologize for…

show #192: augmented world expo munich 2018

my hometown of munich hosted the augmented world expo and apparently has for a number of years. first time for me presenting my work in the fatherland in this format. Big thanks to lisa peyton who co-moderated the panel on “embodiment in social vr” which was totally packed. #AWE2018 Thanks @Daisy for her spontaneous appearance…

show 191: litup festival 2018, singapore + sl + sansar

just back from singapore where i participated in the litup asia pacific 2018 festival that brought cultures from the south asia region together with westerners like myself and merged in lectures and performances the traditional with the cutting edge. poet and organizer dr. chris mooney-singh and his wife savinder kaur invited me to speak on…

show 190: we’re back & we have ideas about social

we are back from a long summer break and we do have jo yardley in the house as well as daisy gator and kelvin d. kramer. enjoy a lively discussion on 1.) why social worlds are not for everyone and 2.) why jo yardley should be allowed to ban people she does not like from…

we are on summer break

we forgot to mention: our summer break is in full swing. we will be back every monday with the most relevant conversations around sl, next gen vr and digital culture after september 15th. stay tuned. stay in the shade. stay engaged with us on twitter  for sl/sansar/social and political stuffs [and looking for next candidates…

show 189: tom hillenbrand & hologrammatica

  our last show before the summer break [we will be back 09/15] featuring jo “opinionated” yardley and bestselling german author tom hillenbrand, who was guest in the sansar basement studio. enjoy: contextual media below: tom hillenbrand new new sci-fi thriller “hologrammatica” [sample translation avail here] is a must read for vr enthusiasts because in…

show 188: oblee talks everything + makes music …

a conversation with musician oblee whereby we log into the sl welcome area and also do not shy away from addressing sansar …. enjoy:   more material to digest below: oblee and drax at the welcome area: Coming to Drax Files Radio on Monday >>> @obleemusic = we met at the @secondlife Welcome Area for…

show #187: james from janusvr on metaverse unity

james baicoianu is the principal engineer at janusvr, yet another offering in the crowded field of social vr although james will elaborate why his company is many many more things in this wonderful conversation in the 114 harvest basement! enjoy: some more linkage below: the unedited conversation with james on video [his shirt needs mending…]:…

show #186: sl15b and counting …

a live uncut panel from sl15b [with viewers tuning in from sansar at the same time] >>> yes: sl is 15 now, a energetic teenager, still searching, still imagining. centered. confident. ready to do anything! and: not going anywhere other than growing up…. enjoy: guests on the show were: patch linden abnor mole pooky amsterdam…

show #185: space opera [with catherynne]

catherynne m. valente was in the house/basement in sansar. she has written  a whole bunch of books in the fantasy and speculative fiction genre. drax only read one so far: “space opera” is indeed so awesome that we forgot to cover awe and any other vr news. and we feel good about it too! enjoy:…