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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 36: Sominel Edelman]

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The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 36: Sominel Edelman]

"People feel a sense of presence in Second Life without any fancy input devices simply because they are touched by the relationships with others they have in the moment. I help them to feel they belong there by making their surroundings real and beautiful!"

A physical geographer from Holland who has never been to Yosemite makes photo-realistic virtual environments, many modeled after the world's most impressive natural wonders, and subsequently brings fellow SL residents to tears?

You better believe it: Sominel Edelman has perfected a laborious process of making gigantic landscapes from tropical island to Grand Canyon replica, from a vast digital moon to looming snow-capped mountains.

Tiny avatars, who live, sell, role-play or simply enjoy the places inaccessible for them in the physical world, immerse themselves in a world that has become uniquely theirs.

A world where they are actively shaping their destiny, empowered by a fellow resident's creative passion.

Needless to add: Sominel's tireless focus to push his craft above the limits of what is possible in virtual worlds today has made his dreamjob into his day job.

Perhaps someday he will take a trip to Yosemite National Park after all? No Oculus Rift necessary there either we are told, only pure presence…

More information on Landscapes Unlimited at http://landscapesunlimited.blogspot.com

Thanks to Marianne McCann for set design and production management.

Thanks to Eloise Blake, Nekome, Nora Vanderpoole and all the wonderful extras [please feel free to identify yourself with timestamp!] who participated in filming.

Thanks so much for all the folks who submitted RL footage for this video [in order of appearance]:

- Corwin Lacourte
- Zachh Barkley
- Origen
- Annakari Genesis

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Blogs about this episode:

Inara = http://modemworld.me/2016/03/08/the-drax-files-36-creative-immersion-in-second-life/

LL = https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/The-Drax-Files-World-Makers-Episode-36-Sominel-Edelman/ba-p/3012207

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