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“True Cost of Coal” mural opposite Miner’s Guild Store #001 chronicles mining

“The True Cost of Coal” mural by the Beehive Collective has appeared across from Miner’s Guild Store #001. So far the Miner’s Guild has not responded to inquiries for comment. The mural can also be viewed here and also comes with this narrative reading order guide. (backup mirror).

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A new mural has appeared across from the Miner’s Guild Local Store #001 …
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It is titled “The True Cost of Coal”
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a closer look unveils many stories taking place at once and the mural can be read from left to right and top to bottom or bottom to top…
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Is it opposite of the mining pick in protest of mining?
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Well what do they sell here? And how did that Creeper get up here?

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The new mural and spawn as seen from the miner’s guild local store balcony
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The Earth Dragon Witch Jeruviel draws their wand and sign…

 

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Tutorials

How to get to the Magic Shop…

There is a new custom welcoming photo at world spawn that greets players by name, thanks to Banner Board. As you will see, there is also a new Magic Shop. But be wary, magic always comes with a price!

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Head via whatever route you prefer to Dragon Egg Inn’s Rootbeer Spot…
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Take note of the shiny new sign if you use this entrance!
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and BAM, the magic shop calls to you!
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Walk up to the sign, stepping on any pressure plate to go through…
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Oh? And what’s this?
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a wand shop!

(wands thanks to the Magic plugin)

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Oh dang that’s expensive!
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right…

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Stardust Library

Introducing: Ulukau Collection in the Stardust Library

The Stardust Library’s Hawaiian Kingdom Multiverse Archive just gained a new collection! It is yet sparse but the space has been set aside in the fledgling labyrinth and very clearly marked with the Ulukau logo using the Banner Board Plugin:

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The signs read “Aloha & Welcome to the Ulukau Collection in the Stardust Library” (left) & “Sources in this collection are all adapted from ulukau.org The Hawaiian Electronic Library”
Fotos, Mini Comix, Stardust Library, Tutorials

Dragon Egg Rootbeer

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Jeruviel skips the line here and goes right for the tap..
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Okay now time to send off that package through interdimentialmail…

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Got mail?

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Build it yourself in an instant with the AGILE Command Book introduced at https://agilexps.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/sdlib/
also see:
https://agilexps.wordpress.com/2018/11/20/lakuokoa/
… or better yet, see both of the above and then come join us on the server at your leisure:
agilexps.com/play

Stardust Library

Lā Kūʻokoʻa o Hawaiʻi & Making Kin with the Machines

The latest additions to the Stardust Library collection from work just completed…

First we up we have the entire section titled “la kuokoa historical overview” excerpted from the holiday edition of Ka Nupepa La Kuokoa, BUKE 18, HELU 43 (NATIVE HAWAIIAN STUDENT SERVICES UH MANOA), which summarizes this Hawaiian Independence holiday in English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi:

 

 

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& the first of a five part book that will contain the complete “Making Kin With the Machines” by Noelani Arista, Suzanne Kite, Archer Pechawis, and Jason Lewis which is one of ten Journal of Design & Science‘s 3.5 Resisting Reduction Competition Winners

 

 

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New to the Stardust Library? See our tutorial post here.

Stardust Library, Tutorials

Announcing, Stardust Library

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The AGILE Command Book is a simple Google Sheet that is publicly shared for people to access, contribute, and share learning artifacts that can be uploaded to the AGILE MC Multiversity or other compatible Minecraft environments.

AGILE Open Command Book

In order to contribute you can simply visit the book at tinyurl.com/AGILEbk and add to the suggested books list under the tab “Books (suggested)” OR, for those with the knowledge or willingness to try, you can complete a Minecraft book of your own (see Book Editor Tutorial) and fill all columns in the sheet for your entry as you go. Here are the columns of the “Books (existing)” tab explained:

  • Minecraft Book Author: the name of the person or Minecraft avatar that has crafted the Minecraft book–if you have no intention of venturing to the Minecraft world but only want to produce something for the denizens thereof to engage with, you can either use your real name or create or use whatever pen name you desire for this entry
  • Stardust Library Call # (SLC#): this is the unique number assigned to your text for the purposes of organization within the multiple virtual world library. You can take a look at the “Call # system (work in progress)” tab and try creating a number yourself that you think fits, or you can leave this entry blank
  • Item: this is the actual item that is being produced, the book. So far I have been using the “Title” space for the books to put the SLC# and then including the title of the book in the “Lore:”/description category. For example, the purple text in the image below is what shows for description and the white text at the top is the title:
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    SLC# = HK.USOC.2018.02.24 (Hawaiian Kingdom, US Occupation, Date)

    What you name the item in the spreadsheet space should be generally what you think it should be referred to as and does not need to match up in a precise way with the programmed content (e.g. the above example has deZayas Memo in the spreadsheet with a much longer description naming the item in-world).

  • Original author & title or citation: here is where you cite the original author of whatever content you are adapting to a Minecraft book. In some cases I have kept it short and simple, but when I can I simply grab the APA Citation from whatever library website I am using if that is available. In any case, just put as much as is sufficient here to appropriately credit the author(s) of the original work
  • Link to online source: if you adapted a source that is primarily an online source or for which you have a relevant URL, put that in this space
  • Notes: any notes you want to add regarding the process of creation, useful information to other users and collaborators such as potential uses or needed fixes (e.g. I was struggling with one of the books for awhile but did not want to lose the code, so still posted it but marked it as BROKEN TEXT in Notes & then later fixed it)
  • Command vLatest: this is where you will share the command that you have created to summon whatever book you are adding to the list
  • Command v1.0: this is where older versions of the command for a particular item go once they have been updated and a new command takes the vLatest slot… will need to add additional columns for multiple version numbers soon enough…
  • Library Signs: this is where commands that generate signs regarding the specific book you have created go, they can be used to easily mark the book’s presence in the library to patrons

Whether you have any idea about Minecraft or any interest in virtual environments and learning of any sort or not, please consider contributing to the Stardust library by adding suggested works (i.e. things you believe to be conducive to cultivating caring and effective people) to the library list  at tinyurl.com/AGILEbk

…AND make sure to check out the three part series by Keanu Sai, Ph.D. published in neaToday on the U.S. Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, whether you read it inside the Hawaiian Kingdom archive inside the AGILE Multiversity Minecraft environment or on the National Education Association website, and spread the word too!

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Tutorials

Minecraft 1.13.2 Book Editor Tutorial

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Curating a library inside of the Minecraft AGILE Multiversity campus?

[UPDATE: scroll to the bottom of this post for how to add hyperlinks to Minecraft books]

This is an example and tutorial of a wondrous tool provided by Minecraft Tools called the Book Editor.

Step 1: Create or locate the content you wish to have in your Minecraft book(s) and have it ready to copy and paste (we use some letters from the Anti-Annexation Protest Documents and  the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii in making this tutorial)

Step 2: Go to http://minecraft.tools/en/book.php

Step 3: Begin pasting the contents from your first text into the box that contains the text “Minecraft Tools book”, making sure to replace that text with your desired text. Only post up to 13 lines of text per page.

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Note that this is “Page 1” and you will need to continue adding an additional page by clicking the blue [+] box for each additional 13 lines of text. About 25 characters fit per line. You can either edit your own hyphens and line breaks in to try and condense the text as much as possible or use the method we did and focus on copying, pasting, counting lines and consistently checking the preview for accuracy and completeness.

For example:

We take the Liliuokalani, 1893 to Sanford B. Dole  excerpt from Blount Report

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For a shorter text like this, you can try copying the entirety and pasting it all into the first page, count the lines, and move all the remains after the first 13 lines to a New page by re-copying and deleting everything past those first 13 lines…

 

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Here we count the first 13 lines by holding Shift and pressing the down arrow on the keyboard to highlight the text of each line as we move down…

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Make sure to use the preview function and check for errors as you go along too!

 

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And so we repeat the process for Page 2, all the way until we complete the text. By default, each Book & Quill is limited to 50 pages unless you are working with mods, so if you are working on a longer text you will want to divide your work into multiple volumes, beginning with Volume 1 and adding a new volume repeating this process in a new volume until done.

In our experience we had to keep the book names short and simple, and also avoid too lengthy of an authors name to avoid errors in our final product. Additionally it is important to keep to a limited number of characters per line in the “Book description:” field if you choose to use it, otherwise your description will appear off-screen in game.

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Note what happens when entering too many characters as a single string in the book description…
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Avoid this by breaking up your Book description with regular line breaks…

Here is an example of Title, Author, and Description field entries that worked out well…

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40 Characters or less per line in the Book description seems to turn out well for us…
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Once you are ready to try your book, click “GENERATE THE COMMAND” and then click the yellow clipboard icon to copy the text
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Then you will need to get a command block, and paste the code from above into the console and set up a lever, pressure plate, or button to activate it…

You can conceal the command blocks below ground and use levers and plates on adjacent blocks to activate them…

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If attaching a button or lever directly to command block, hold SHIFT key and then right-click to do so. Right click again to activate… it worked!

 

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And here is our example that we worked on in the images above:

 

 

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Here are our other texts so far:

 

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The above Minecraft book images were all made from the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii, the E Hō Mai page of the Aloha ‘Āina Project, and the UH Hamilton Hawaiian Collection section featured below: