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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF VIDEORANCH

Videoranch started 1998 in a small chapel that was on the property of Michael Nesmith's New Mexico ranch, and that previous owners had converted into a guest cottage. We set up in the kitchen and living room of that cottage with our computers and some software that we put together with help from neighbors and friends. Douglas Adams, the author, was part of the crew as was Christopher Langton who lived just up the road. There was Jessica, Victoria, Terecita, Baboon, and Rachel. Others came and went - including a part time worker whose day job was at Los Alamos National Labs where she made bomb brochures - for real. No one remembers her name - only that she was very nice and seemed competent. She answered the phone if it ever rang. None of us were sure what we were doing, and we had not started Videoranch as a business but more of a hangout where we could play with the new Internet software, meet people online, and sit around playing guitars and telling stories. It was altogether a magic time - like those times are. Langton and Nesmith and Adams also spent a lot of time at a local restaurant drinking margaritas and eating guacamole made tableside. There they hatched the idea for the online service that became the Videoranch store that you see now, and VR3D a virtual world that embedded live streaming video in a virtual world.

We are expanding the VR3D technology base to include a new 3D Engine and some other feature sets that we are targeting to come online later in 2022. If you are reading this in 2050 and it's still not working, then you should probably sign off and go home - it didn't work.

Be aware "Contact Us" doesn't always work. We moved to California in 1999 and are in great digs here but the laid back and convivial spirit of the original remodeled chapel on the Reservation in Nambe, New Mexico is still our guiding light - so sometimes we are off thinking more things up, talking and laughing, eating homemade guacamole, and we don't hear or see the ping. Just know we are glad you are here, happy to talk to you, keep trying, and we will too.