Welcome to XTALENT

This site is a launchpad for a number of diverse passions I now pursue in my spare time. Have a thorough look around at what there is on offer.

DAG – The Digital Art Gallery in the Metaverse

For Artists and Art Lovers

This is a prototype exploratory project begun in 2020 for creating an immersive Metaverse experience for visitors to an Art Gallery and using it as a tool for Exhibition Designers to Collate, Create and Curate new exhibitions.

Please feel free to use the available resources to inspire your own creations, but always respect the copyright owners of works designated as protected (eyes only).
Submissions from Artists and Collectors who wish to share are encouraged during the ongoing development.

Important: DAG is not endorsed by QAG, the gallery it parodies.

Personalise your Avatar
Produce Digital Art
Design your Exhibition
Present your Art
Chat to Others
Make A Deal

Visitors may explore the Digital Art Gallery (DAG) as an Avatar in a Password Protected Virtual World.
Face Masks and Social Distancing are not required “in-world” and you can even FLY.

The Digital Art Gallery is suitable for children.
They must, however, be supervised at all times in real life by an adult.

XTALENT Grid was founded in 2020 on The Dreamland Metaverse and features a public region that alternates between DAG and an evolving version of “The Wizard’s Crystal” game when requested.

For those already exploring the Metaverse with an OpenSim Avatar, here is the HyperGrid URI.

HyperGrid URI:

For those of you who don’t yet have an identity on the Metaverse, once you Register a DAG Avatar you are free to explore many hundreds of regions on the HyperGrid.


SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW 1. Select a DAG Avatar and Signup
USE THIS MENU TO LAUNCH EACH STEP2. Confirm your Form Submission
Each step will open in a separate window.
3. Download and Install Firestorm Viewer Software
Close separate window when that step is completed.4. Configure the Firestorm Viewer for DAG
5. Log In to DAG with the Firestorm Viewer
6. Wiki for the Firestorm Viewer


Login URI:

Check on the stats to see the current status of the grid in a separate window:

This SIM is currently limited to a Maximum of 40 concurrent users.
It is always open so please try again shortly if DAG reaches capacity.

DAG is using the Latest stable OpenSim version and supports the following OpenSim Features:


This option allows detailed user profiles: about text, interests, picks, classifieds, real life text and notes about users.


Groups are used for a certain purpose for groups of people. Groups can be used to mainly distribute information within an interest group (instant messages or group notices). Or a group is used to control editing permissions for parcels of land or of objects. Groups can be open or closed. Closed groups do not allow users to add their self to a group.

3D Meshes

With viewers that support 3D meshes, you can upload these in the Colada format (*.dae) and use them for objects and avatars. This functionality works with some minor restrictions; e.g. file size must be 8MB or less for objects for them to import correctly. Sclupted Prims (Sculpts) and XML file object imports are also supported.

Vivox Voice

Vivox voice offers good voice quality and all important voice features (speaker indication, spacial sound, etc.).

Features supported by Vivox voice:

  • Public voice chat (two or more participants)
  • Private voice chat (two or more participants)
  • Spacial sound (volume attenuation based on distance)
  • Push-to-Talk
  • Individual volume
  • Mute controls
  • Speaker indication (who has voice and who is currently speaking)
  • Lip sync and voice gestures (viewer functionality)
  • No premium voice features (moderator functions, voice morphing, etc.)

Be aware, that there is no service level guaranteed for this free Vivox voice service. There is no guarantee for the functionality, capacity and availability of this service.


HyperGrid is a techology that allows teleport between different OpenSim grids and standalone regions. Both the originating and destination regions must have HyperGrid enabled. For HyperGrid teleports the destination’s HyperGrid URL is specified as region name.

While visiting another virtual world, users take their appearance with them and they can access their inventory. The only restriction is that inventory items can only be deleted at the home grid. People can go shopping at other grids, unless the grid owner of that grid has disabled copying assets. Some grid owners do that to protect local contents from being transferred to other places.

For me information about using HyperGrid read the FAQ article How to do a HyperGrid Teleport.

Offline Messages

Instant messages to users that are offline are stored. When that user logs in again, these messages get delivered. By default instant messages are not sent to the email address of that user.


OpenSim regions support in-world scripting using the standard XEngine script engine and the LSL scripting language. The YEngine script engine and C# scripting can also be enabled on request. I also provide some Dreamland Metaverse specific scripting extensions.

Search provides a grid wide search function for users, parcels, groups, objects, etc. Such items need to be marked to be included in the search data collection process that runs regularly. This means that some items may appear in search with some delay.


I use dedicated, high performance servers optimized for OpenSim. These professional servers with Intel Quad-Core processors and redundant data storage (RAID) are located at data centers in the US (East and West coast). The servers and data centers provide enough spare computing power, memory and network bandwidth for a top customer experience.

Most competitors use virtualization technologies, Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or Cloud Computing, which are unsuitable for massively computing and memory intensive real time applications like virtual worlds. Or they run many OpenSim regions on the same OpenSim process, to simplify their administrative tasks on the cost of lower service quality and less stability.


With viewers that support web-on-prim, you can use this functionality to display web contents on sides of objects.

Contact me via email – duncan@xtalent.com.au – if you have any queries or problems.

Virtual Walkabouts

Get away from it all!

The environmentally friendly way to experience some of the World’s most beautiful nature trails.

These multimedia artworks recreate nature walks for viewers as streaming slideshows, featuring hundreds of photographs, accompanied by the wonderful melodies and ongoing urging sound of the didjeribone (slide didjeridu) and Face Bass performed by Tjupurru.

Note: Didjeridu is sometimes spelt didgeridoo, didjeridoo and didgeridu, but the Australian government and all its agencies have formally accepted didjeridu as the correct spelling.

The collection so far visually documents walking tracks in selected Australian National Parks and Nature Reserves, including many amazing walks through World Heritage areas. Often narrow trails traverse very sensitive and fragile areas. Viewers are strongly discouraged from physically visiting these off-the-beaten-track areas themselves, thereby exerting further pressure on them.

Hopefully many folk will be satisfied with an environmentally friendly Virtual Walkabout, especially one free of sunburn, rain, annoying flies, biting midges, blood-sucking leeches, parasitic ticks, poisonous snakes and spiders and stinging trees. I had all that fun!

A Virtual Walkabout is an experience that both the ‘in form’ and infirm can enjoy in a number of ways

Clicking on an image in the gallery below will bring up larger image versions as a manual slideshow.

To jump straight to the videos check out the SIDE-MENU for a full site listing.

Discover featured National Parks and Wildlife Reserves in New South Wales and Queensland in AUSTRALIA.


Virtual Microscopy

Discover webEM !

A web portal for the Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Community to further promote recent advances in microscopy and nanotechnology, especially live interactive Remote Access Microscopy. Go on a fantastic voyage of discovery from the comfort of your own home, schoolroom, research station or boardroom, using only your favourite web browser.

WEBEM – Virtual Electron Microscopy

A large number of individual images of a number of unique specimens have been linked in web browser based Scanning Electron Microscopy explorations.

Select one of the images below to begin an exploration, or click on the relevant link to the left in the NAV MENU.

True Colours Game – The Wizard’s Crystal

A True Colours Game is much like everyday life.

In order to win you must compete, but how you wield your power over others and

how you respond when they wield their power over you defines your character – 
your True Colours.

Throughout life we often have constraints imposed upon us. Some rules bring order to chaos while others allow chaos to flourish. It is our behaviour within these simple constraints that defines our character.

In this game, as in life, the cards we are dealt usually allow us to do extraordinary things when we know how to use them. Also different opportunities and more power become available to us as time goes by. How we use the powers we have depends on what it is that we wish to achieve and our actions can be quite revealing, even to ourselves!

What are your True Colours?

What do you do with the cards you are dealt? Do you hold them close, stockpiling precious resources for later use? Do you confidently use what you have according to a plan or boldly take risks? Are you sly and cunning or open and honest in getting what you want?

Playing our cards invariably affects others, especially if there is a common goal. Playing a card may benefit you enormously but it may also adversely effect someone else by playing it? Do you care or would you do anything to win? A played card doesn’t always provide the result we expect either. What do you do when your plans quickly fall apart? What do you do if others gang up against you?

Maybe you can convince others to assist you in your endeavours. Do you openly canvas others and form alliances, even teams, in an effort to win? You can only ever play your own cards in life but that does not stop you trying to persuade others how to play theirs.

Some people bluff and mislead others in order to achieve their objectives. Do white lies and deals with others pave your road to success or are you always sincere, doing only what you have to do to win? Who can you trust? Can you be trusted? If you want to escape Conflict you can often use your powers to reposition yourself relative to others who claim they will leave you alone and not start Conflict when you do so. Can you trust them? Can people trust you not to take advantage of them if they ask you the same favour? Some people must win at any cost. Are you one of them?

There are many things that you can do that may ingratiate you to others or infuriate them. What will you do in order to win? Maybe you don’t want to win yourself at all but merely want to help or even stop someone else doing so. What character will you reveal?

What are your True Colours?

Life’s Not Black & White

What is, Is
True Colours is dedicated to all those who are suffering due to the beliefs of others