Tutorials, resources, inspiration, & information on content creation & design for virtual worlds & more
Computer Graphics & Virtual World News
Offsite: Hypergrid Business
Offsite: Blender Art Magazine
Nerd News Podcasts
Virtual Reality: Voices of VR Podcast
Podcasts: Wikipedia: List of podcatchers
Podcasts: VLC Player
“There’s a good chance you already use VLC to watch videos and maybe even play music. But did you know that VLC has an integrated podcast-subscribing feature, among its other many hidden features?
To access this feature, open VLC, click the View menu, and select Playlist. Click the Internet dropdown menu, hover over Podcasts, and click the + button. You’ll be able to subscribe to a podcast by copy-pasting its URL into the window. You can now double-click an episode in the right pane to play it.
VLC isn’t the most user-friendly option for listening to podcasts — there’s no integrated search feature and VLC can’t automatically download new episodes so they’re cached offline. VLC just streams the episodes when you start playing them. Still, if you’re looking for something lightweight and don’t mind the limitations, this is a very good option — especially considering you probably already have VLC installed.”
–Make Use Of
Podcasts: Tom’s Guide: Top 10 Podcast Apps
Here is a collection of our favorite podcasting apps for iOS and Android devices.
BuzzFeed editors Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos explore the weirdest corners of the internet, so you don’t have to.
Described as a podcast you should send to your parents (or grandparents), The Verge’s Chris Plante forces his co-workers to distill concepts and major players from the world of technology down to the most essential parts. The result is a brief — under 25 minutes — but entertaining explanation of everything from Uber to internet memes to emoji. And even if you know what these things are, chances are you’ll have a better, more clear understanding of what these are, where they come from, and why they matter.
Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner examine anything and everything with their signature critical eye and insight. From the economics of sleep, the mechanics of suspense, what we can learn from competitive eating, and more, Freakonomics Radio challenges listeners to think like freaks about their lives and the world around them.
Science: NPR’s Radiolab
Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
With daily news, hilarious videos and reviews of the latest games, movies and comics, join Nerdist’s team of Jessica Chobot, Rachel Heine, Dan Casey, Malik Forté, Kyle Hill, Alicia Lutes, and Matt Grosinger as they explore the nerd fabric of today’s pop-culture landscape.
Nerd-Culture: Nerdy Show
Podcasts for all nerds across the multiverse. Whatever it is you nerd out about – comics, video games, sci-tech, roleplaying, movies, and beyond – we’ve got something for you!
Tech: Internet History Podcast
Brian McCullough’s Internet History Podcast deals with the history of all things Internet-ish starting with Netscape and ending with the iPad. So, it’s not all Internet history, it’s just this particular era of what happened online between two points (so, yes, there’s a lot of AOL and Prodigy in here).
Tech: Re/Code Decode
Hosted by tech journalist Kara Swisher, Re/code Decode consists of regular interviews of tech industry veterans, emerging entrepreneurs, business leaders and new media darlings. Covering everything from the latest industry developments, Valley gossip, big idea pieces, and new, unusual, and interesting products, Re/code Decode is simultaneously incisive and irreverent and a regular insider look at the tech industry’s glitterati.
Nerd-Culture: Hello Internet
C.G.P. Grey and Brady Haran discuss all sorts of things. These guys are both professional YouTube video creators. While the show isn’t about YouTube (it’s more about their particular passions—Haran’s interest in plane crashes, Grey’s opinions about education and robots and Kindle typography, the one time Haran ended up with a barn owl in his house, and so on), it’s a smart, funny conversation between two people who happen to inhabit a part of the Internet that’s pretty special.
Tech: Reply All
Reply All is a show about the internet, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman.
Tech: Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky
Former Bloomberg editorial director and technology critic Joshua Topolsky complains loudly and concerns himself with matters of digital culture, technology, entertainment and media.
Games: The Giant Bombcast
Anchored by longtime games media veterans Jeff Gerstmann and Brad Shoemaker, whose command of gaming history tends to manifest in their analysis the news and new releases of the day with longer view, backward and forward.
Film: The Canon
Film critics Devin Faraci (BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH.) and Amy Nicholson (MTV News) have a weekly conversation about a movie– is it “canon” or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.
Nerd-Culture: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!
An investigative podcast, exploring fringe science, spirituality, and the paranormal (…so you don’t have to). If you ever wondered what’s up with reiki or whether dowsing might work, this is the podcast for you.
Games, movies, nerdy pop-culture.
Radio Journalism: HowSound
In HowSound, Rob Rosenthal explores and explains the production process for various bits of radio journalism. Sometimes this means talking about journalistic ethics, other times it’s literally about how to make an audio recording or edit a story in a way that makes sense. As a public radio nerd myself, this is a fascinating look into how radio stories get made.
Nerd-Culture: Fangirl Happy Hour
This one only started a few weeks ago, but it’s a must-listen if you’re in need of reliable media recommendations. Co-hosted by Renay from Ladybusiness and Ana from the hugely popular Book Smugglers book review blog, this podcast combines fandom-related debate/criticism with a whole slew of recommendations for upcoming TV shows, comics, books, and movies. Fangirl Happy Hour is especially good if you’re looking for books and movies with diverse protagonists or creators.
Trivia: Good Job Brain
Pub trivia, breakfast cereal, portmanteau words, and animal facts! We here are nuts about trivia. And we know there are people out there who share our unusual obsession.
Trivia: How Stuff Works Podcasts:
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff of Genius
Stuff Mom Never Told You
Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know
Stuff To Blow Your Mind
See bottom of page for more topics from How Stuff Works.
Game of Thrones: Game of Owns
The ultimate Game of Thrones podcast. The show is divided between TV recaps and analysis (when GoT is on air) and conversations about the books (during the off season), but don’t be too intimidated by their obsessive attention to detail. Two of the hosts are experienced A Song of Ice and Fire readers while the other two have never read the books before, making for an accessible balance of opinions. After more than 250 episodes they still have something to talk about, which is impressive in itself.
The Walking Dead: The Walking Deadcast
Okay, another TV podcast, but this one often has actual stars of the TV show on it. The Walking Deadcast is exactly what you’d expect: recap, analysis, and general celebration of the show. Hosts Jason Cabassi and Karen Koppett are true Walking Dead nerds, who keep you posted on all the Walking Dead news you need to know.
Music: Song Exploder
Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians about how they made particular songs. Sometimes the discussion is about the recording process itself (how the layering of tracks makes up a groove, for instance, or how specific recording techniques made a certain sound); other times, it’s about the songwriting process (as in the frenetic, funny episode with Hutch Harris of The Thermals).
Science: The Story Collider
The Story Collider was founded in 2010 by Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht, two physicists who met at a storytelling show in Queens and quickly realized that they could do that too. Since then, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through our many live shows as well as our weekly podcast, and we’ve used what we’ve learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in our university and corporate workshop program.
Video: Not Too Deep
There’s a ton of great stuff to watch on YouTube if you know where to look. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many reliable resources for figuring that out. Enter YouTube-famous comedian Grace Helbig and her podcast, Not Too Deep. Though the podcast is “unapologetically superficial,” her weekly interviews highlight exceptional YouTube creators give the occasional peek behind the curtain of making digital video. It may not be as explicitly educational as what the Longform podcast, but Not Too Big will introduce you to much wider range of video than simply watching whatever your friends recommend.
Nerd-Culture: Black Girl Nerds
Nerd-Culture: For Colored Nerds
Offsite: InWorldz Wiki
Offsite: Torley Linden’s YouTube channel.
InWorld Prim Creation
House Stormborn: What Size Should I Make My Doors?
House Stormborn: A Simple Sword Tutorial by Martin Glom
2 D Creation
Offsite: Rastor vs vector
Offsite: Gimp website for downloads and resources
Offsite: Gimp GNU Image Manipulation Program User Manual
In 16 languages!
Offsite: Gimp Tutorials
HouseStormborn: Making Alphas For Virtual Worlds
HouseStormborn: Fixing Profile Picture
HouseStormborn: How to make a cardboard cutout of yourself
Offsite: Photoshop vs Gimp Video
Offsite: Gimp PDF Tutorials
Offsite: Gimp Tricks YouTube Channel
Offsite: Gimp Tutorials YouTube Channel
Offsite: tutor4u Gimp YouTube Playlist
Offsite: Gimp Layer Modes YouTube Video
Layer modes are very useful, in particular for using clothing templates, ao maps, and more to create shading and textural effects. Get to know them and they’ll make you a 2D graphic pro.
Offsite: Gimp Know How YouTube Channel
Offsite: HowTech YouTube Channel
Gimp, Photoshop, Inkscape, & other 2D graphic program tutorials. Also 11 videos on image formats.
Offsite: Dombowerphoto Gimp YouTube Playlist
Offsite: WildAcademy Gimp YouTube Playlist
Offsite: DavidWoodFX Gimp YouTube Playlist
Offsite: PhotoAdvanced YouTube Playlists
Texture & Image Resources
HouseStormborn: Builders Resource Center
Classes, products & resources for creators: mesh, sculpts, doors, windows, stairs, roofs, textures, tutorials, trees, columns, wall, fences, outdoor structures, tools, & more.
Offsite: CG Textures
Note: CG Graphics does not allow their textures to be uploaded to Second Life because SL/LL has claimed ownership of all content uploaded to and used in their virtual world. I assume the same goes for any world with the same or similar policy.
Offsite: Public Domain Vintage Art
Offsite: Public Domain Images
Offsite: Google Art Project
Offsite: NASA images and videos
Use the ‘Galleries’ menu item to locate images and videos
Offsite: Wikipedia Commons
Links to public domain images sources
Offsite: Mayang’s Textures
Textures for 3d modeling for sale (sell yours!)
Animated Gifs to Texture Animations
Offsite: Amazing Seattle Fractals
Lists of fractal software for Windows and Mac
Offsite: Project Dogwaffle 1.2
Free drawing program with fractal brushes that are great for plants, landscaping, & other natural organic art.
System Clothes, Tattoo, & Makeup Creation
HouseStormborn: Sakari Inua asks Where to Get Started Making Clothes
HouseStormborn: Getting Started Making Skins
Offsite: Fashion InfoGraphics
Other 2D Texture Resources
Create normal/bump maps. Costly but some people swear by it however, I think there’s good alternative methods.
3 D Creation
Computer Graphics Communities
Sketchup 3-D models
Downloadable 3-D models
Offsite: Download Blender
Offsite: Dark Blender
An alternative version customized for game asset creation. I haven’t tried it yet. If you do, please let us know how it worked for you in the comments below?
Offsite: Blender Add-ons Catalog
Offsite: Blender Wiki
Offsite: Blender Reference Manual
Offsite: WikiBook: Blender 3D: Noob to Pro
Offsite: Blender Cookie
Great Blender tutorials and training
Fresh Blender News, Every Day
Offsite: Blender Artists
Offsite: Blender Newbies
This site consists of some basic Blender related stuff
Blend Swap is a community of passionate Blender artists who share their work under creative commons licenses.
Blend Swap’s mission is to create a place where Blender powered 3D Artists can share, exchange, collaborate and learn from other artists in the community. We strive to showcase and advance the individual artist with staff picks, featured monthly artist and collaborations with some of the top Blender sites to showcase the artist’s work.
Offsite: Chic Aeon’s Blender tutorial list
Offsite: Blender e-Books from Blender.org on PacktPublishing
You can find many Blender eBooks here for $5. Be sure they are for a current version of Blender. V2.7+ is best, v2.59+ is ok, under v2.59 is out of date. When the version isn’t shown, generally speaking, 2013+ publishing date is usually good.
Offsite: Blender Newbies
Offsite: Blender Basics Course by CGCookie
Offsite: BT Blendtuts
HouseStormborn: Getting Started With Blender For Virtual Worlds
HouseStormborn: Uploading Mesh, LoD, & Land Impact
Offsite: Materials In Second Life Series
Blender YouTube Channels
Offsite: Virtual Content Creation Feed
Offsite: Blender Cookie
Offsite: Blender Sensei
Offsite: Andrew Price of BlenderGuru
Offsite: tutor4u Blender YouTube Playlist
Offsite: YadNi Monde
Offsite: BlenderChoczy’s channel
Offsite: CG Masters
Offsite: Addicted to CG
Offsite: Mike Hornett
Offsite: GA Artist
Offsite: Second Life Sculptie Tutorials
Offsite: Gaia Clary
Offsite: Kenan Proffitt
Offsite: CG Geek
Offsite: Darrin Lile
Offsite: Rob Tuytel BlenderPedia
Offsite: Software Tutorials: Blender Playlist
Offsite: Sardi Pax
Offsite: The CGBros
Offsite: paul caggegi
Offsite: Blender HD
Offsite: David McSween
Offsite: CyborG Gg
Offsite: Alimayo Arango
Offsite: Gleb Alexandrov
Offsite: Smess Videos ²
Offsite: Ray Mairlot
Offsite: Daniel Brown CGI
Offsite: 3D escape
Avastar, Primstar, & more Blender Add-ons ($)
Offsite: Gaia Clary’s YouTube Channel
Blender, Avastar, Primstar, & related tutorials
Offsite: Blender’s script libary
Offsite: Blender Nation
Offsite: Blender Add-on List
Offsite: Blender Search on GitHub
HouseStormborn: Blender Mesh table Cloth Self Paced by Martin Glom
Offsite: Making a Mesh Dress for InWordz
Offsite: Animal Skin On A Pole Tutorial
YouTube tutorial by Manwa Pastorelli
Offsite: YouTube Channel by Logan Stargazer
HouseStormborn: Tearing apart a SU Warehouse model and texturing for Inworldz
HouseStormborn: Mesh Text With Sketchup
HouseStormborn: Making a 3D object from a texture
HouseStormborn: Cloning With Sketchup
Rokuro & Tokoroten (Mesh & Sculpts)
HouseStormborn: Rokuro & Tokoroten Mesh & Sculpt Tutorials
HouseStormborn: Onion Dome Roof
Free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for: Illustrations, Animations, Games, Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting
Other 3D Applications
Offsite: Mashable: Virtual Worlds: 20+ Tools for Creating 3D Graphics and Environments
Interesting list with a few apps I wasn’t aware of. Worth perusing.
Offsite: Autodesk 123D Catch
Free. Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary 3D models. Capture places, people and things in 3D using your Windows Phone or Mobile device, iPhone, iPad, Android device, or any camera.
Their YouTube channel.
Instructive Article: Turning a Picture into a 3D Model: Convert Photos to 3D by Zach Correa on Jan 20, 2016
Offsite: QGIS: A Free and Open Source Geographic Information System
Export geographic height maps
Export geographic height maps
Export geographic height maps
Industry standard CAD program, free to students. Windows & Mac
CAD Standard Lite
Free drafting software
Building Tools, Resources, & Inspiration
Mesh Clothing Resources
Architectural Tutorials & Resources
House Stormborn: What Size Should I Make My Doors?
HouseStormborn: Make Your Own Floor Plan
Free program for drawing floor plans
Offsite: OpenLearn, Design In A Nutshell
Watch short videos on Gothic Revival, Arts and Crafts, Bauhaus, Modernism, American Industrial Design, & Postmodernism. Also see their article on Art Deco style.
Offsite: A Summary of Western Architecture
HouseStormborn: Roof Workshop
HouseStormborn: Roof Types
HouseStormborn: Roof Glossary
Offsite: RoofHelper Roof Types
Offsite: Wikipedia List of Roof Shapes
Offsite: My favorite local Interior Design studio in Portland, Oregon, US: Domov I.D.
The Electronic Bookshelf
Math and art at Dartmouth
Center for Understanding the Built Environment
Nexus Network Journal
Architecture and mathematics
Geometry Class on Edx.org
Introduction to Geometry class
3D drawing and geometry
Drawing to scale
Architects in Action
Learn about ratio & scale
Golden Ratios Rectangles, and More
Education and the built environment
Interactive castle exploration
Architecture for Children
Building Big! Interactive activities and structures database
Try Building Bridges, Built to Last, or Reach for the Sky
Offsite: Skyscraper Page
Drawings and comparisons
Offsite: Built in America
Historic American Buildings
Offsite: Lisbon’s art deco & art nouveau architecture
Blog articles on many types of styles and designs
Frank Lloyd Wright
R. Buckminster Fuller
Mathematician & architect
Interior Design & Floorplans
Easy floorplans, 3D
Offsite: IKEA Home Planner
Designing My Dream Bedroom
Floorplans & 3D models
Home and interior design inspiration
Math & Conversion Tutorials & Resources
Tip: Open a google search window and search for “convert: what-from what-to”
For example to convert from inches to meters search for “convert: inch meter”
HouseStormborn: Some Math
Offsite: blocklayer.com Stair Calculator
Offsite: Carpentry.com Stair Calculator
Offsite: blocklayer.com Roof Calculator
Offsite: Roof Pitch Calculator & More
Art & Design Inspiration
Offsite: Florida Design Magazine
Architectural & interior design inspiration
Offsite: Dwell Magazine
Architectural & interior design inspiration
CGSociety’s tutorial on using color.
After watching the video, check out the qued up videos – most will be links to more videos about using color in many different ways.
A short video about how filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color.
Offsite: Download qAvimator
Prepare bvh files for upload, convert many types of bvh files, make smooth looped sequences with the Knit function, set a T-pose for the first frame with one keystroke, adjust any bvh file properties, and more.
LSL Scripting & Script Resources
Great Canadian Grid: Visit our Free Script Library on Foundation at 134, 152, 37
Offsite: InWorldz Scripting Wiki
Offsite: Con Wylie’s Script Generator
Online LSL script writing tool.
HouseStormborn: Prim Face Indicator Script
HouseStormborn: Mover Over Script
Offsite: Second Life Script Library
Offsite: LSL on Stack Overflow
Support and sharing for all coding/programming (including LSL)
Learn C++ for free
Reference source for C++ programmers
Learn C++, Python, C#, PHP, Java, HTML, CSS, SQL, and more for free.
Total geek world for coders
Free HTML, Java, CSS, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Git (how to use GitHub), & SQL tutorials. Advisors for an upgrade to the paid version.
Offsite: PHP: Getting Help
And don’t forget to check the free courses offered by colleges and universities via MOOC’s
Media Creation & Editing
Audio Streaming InWorld
Video Creation & Editing
Virtual Worlds & Viewers
HouseStormborn: Inventory Management
Offsite: Benski Trenkins’ YouTube Channel: InWorldz tutorials, demonstrations, reviews, and such
Offsite: Firestorm’s Built-in AO Tutorial by Hyōkkuda Ryōsan
and one by Dark Tech
Offsite: Organize Your Mess!
Tips, Tricks and How to Organize Your Second Life Inventory!
HouseStormborn: Virtual World Blogs
Marketing & Promotion Articles & Resources
HouseStormborn: Selling Yourself
HouseStormborn: Freebie Shops For General Public to Use
HouseStormborn: The Freebie Ring
HouseStormborn: Ad Groups In InWorldz
HouseStormborn: Marketing and Promotion Forums
HouseStormborn: Rezzing Vendors
Communication Articles & Resources
HouseStormborn: Internet Slang
HouseStormborn: The Art of Text Conversation
HouseStormborn: Read My Avatar
HouseStormborn: Become a Forum Posting Pro!
WordPress Tutorials & Resources
HouseStormborn: Creating Pages
HouseStormborn: Add a Photo Slideshow Gallery
HouseStormborn: Special Characters
HouseStormborn: A Few Useful WordPress Tags
Offsite: Hypergrid Business: Top avatar outfitters on the hypergrid
Many free content providers listed
Offsite: Zadaroo Public Domain Content
Offsite: Hypergrid Free Scripts
Offsite: Podex Website