We skipped our September Things To Do column, since we were so busy being acquired by CINN Global and becoming a bigger company!
But now we are back, just in time for Halloween, and it’s a good thing, because VR is the best place to celebrate the ghouls’ night out. We understand that the New York Times published a nasty article about the Metaverse, but we didn’t read it. There are ways in which IRL just cannot compete with the virtual world, it’s worth exploring, and we don’t care what the Paper of Record or Matthew McConaughey say.
Parties of the Week:
Monday, October 31, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free.
This is in fact the fifth annual fright night — did you know that there even was a VR community five years ago? We had a great time at this haunted house/haunted world event in 2021, and this year looks to be even better. The event organizers promise a haunted mansion as well dozens of other haunted worlds, built by contributors across the VR world building community, staffed by numerous volunteers.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
There are concerts in this Daisy Shaw venue nearly every week, projected on a giant screen, mostly classic rock.
“There is a lot to see and do in the world,” Daisy writes, in addition to the concerts, “including a walk through beautiful crystal caves, a secret cave where a dragon hides, and a zip wire ride!”
And the following week, a Halloween surprise.
Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST), AltspaceVR, free
This is the official launch of Barcelona’s version of the legendary Studio 54 disco — or, rather, an incredible simulation thereof. An incredible simulation of an incredible simulation, you might say. World-builder Jake Upfront, whom we have featured many times in these pages, has a good record when it comes to recreating incredible simulations.
Jake tells us, “The same DJ that played in the original club throughout its life will be DJing live, as well as others that also did.”
So this is as close as you will get without a time machine. (Altspace Code: WQC398)
The popular weird-Western, historical-fantasy/science fiction podcast, The Strange and Astounding Memoirs of Watt O’Hugh, starring Sal Rendino, returns for a full season, with eight new episodes!
Worlds of the Week
Jose Ferrer is a medical professional who has created a sort of expanded VR multi-universe, a truly incredible playground to explore, in which one world leads to another, which leads to another. Fly to the heavens and perch on the shoulder of a monumental Buddha, or relax in a soothing sonic bath, or descend to a cavern under the earth. His worlds are dedicated to meditation and spiritual equilibrium, but they are no less fun for their good intentions.
In recognition of his accomplishments and also his goals (plus a bit of laziness on our part, to be honest), we’re turning the rest of the column over to Jose to give us a guided tour through just a small fraction of his realm.
I’ve got into VR as an escape to my everyday work stress [Jose writes]. After making good friends, joining educational groups and learning how to create virtual experiences, it changed from being a hobby to being my main career focus. I hope to contribute to the positive side of this virtual reality, where people are kind to each other, helping them find a better version of themselves.
I believe that´s the way to change the real world.
Especially in the medical world, I see the current digital transformation as an opportunity to regain the humanity in the healthcare system.
Reflections JFW Hub
Welcome to the Jose Ferrer Worlds hub, a space for meetings and to showcase some of my favorite worlds. Enjoy some Champagne watching video clips or go on a world
tour using the portals around the trees.
You can also go for a swim around the islands and watch the reflection of the universe in the translucent water. (Altspace Code: ZYC913.)
Meditation Center 2022
This world is dedicated to meditation and well-being! It is a bilingual space, so some parts are in English and some in Spanish. We have different themes inside the spheres. In some of them you will have to push a button to start the audio clip.
To begin with, you will be taking a ride in our space shuttle and arriving at the central terrace where you´ll find indications to each of the spaces, like the Chakras circuit. Try the Chakras circuit for balancing yourself, you´ll go through a series of spheres, each one dedicated to a different chakra with its color and mantra.
In the hydrotherapy sphere, you can enjoy the cleansing power of water in this big bath.
In the grounding sphere, you’ll relax to calming music in a simple garden.
Now enjoy the ride and wait for our arrival, when the door will open for you. (Altspace Code: PSV565.)
MUSE | Sound Healing Temple
Welcome to the virtual home for the Temple of the Divine MUSE — a sanctuary of Light to help you regain balance and align with your higher path and purpose.
This sound healing temple is for gatherings, classes, events and sharing our QSET music soundscapes (Quantum Sonic Empowerment Transmissions) in the Metaverse. It is also a place for you to come when you need to go within and connect with your inner guidance and stillness.
Many other worlds and experiences will be added on to this, with access back and forth via the teleport network. Step in and explore! (Altspace Code: BHE535.)
Enjoy a boat night ride until you reach the pier and then explore this magical island. You might fall asleep before you arrive though!
(Altspace Code: KML057)
Cleopatra´s Party Boat
Enjoy this sensual music while trying to find her private quarters and intimate pool! Music composed by Nickolas Samuels. (Altspace Code: KKR759)
Oriental Trip – A Journey into Your Inner Buddha
I was inspired by a music video on YouTube of this song, which streams in this world.
The visitor has to follow the path to the central round space where they´ll find the teleport buttons to go into 3 different areas – the Buddha head, the Buddha flower and the hidden hammam. (Altspace Code: DJN974)
Sacred Lilith Room
Lilith is cited as having been “banished” from the Garden of Eden for not complying with and obeying Adam. She is mentioned in Biblical Hebrew in the Book of Isaiah, and in Late Antiquity in Mandaean mythology and Jewish mythology sources from 500 CE onward.
All the artwork on the walls were created by the AI MidJourney with descriptions of goddesses and Lilith. (Altspace Code: LXO814)
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Cover image shows a young avatar meditating in a Jose Ferrer world. Design by Steven S. Drachman.