Posted November 20, 2009 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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I tried to upload my Prezi but it won’t embed in WordPress.  So here’s the URL. http://prezi.com/tripfwlyvcup/

 

Chickens! Everywhere chickens!

Posted October 11, 2009 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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When I discovered an amazingly well-scripted growing, developing and reproducing animal (chicken) that also had some sort of “genetic” variability, I casually asked in group chat if anyone had heard of them.  Immediately I was the recipient of a number of gifts of eggs.  I selected a few of these (8-10, I can’t remember now how many) and began my endeavor.  The only cost of the chickens is that you have to have space to grow them and you have to feed them.  When it became obvious that feeding them would cost something (although it’s a relatively inexpensive hobby), I decided to plan corn.  So the corn is on the ground and the chickens were moved 1000 meters up to a skybox. I still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the corn yet but it’s there and growing.

After I ended up with more chickens than I wanted I became very brutal – killing all but the best.  Nothing like fried chicken!  Oh and the omelets!  Yum. I learned there was a what I call “birth control ring” or radi-o-static that prevents eggs from hatching (some of the time).  Then you can collect the eggs, put them in a “proteggtor” and sell them, save them for later, or give them away.  So just this week I found a stall at a chicken store where I hope we can sell some eggs to help feed them.

I hate to tell my students that since the chickens Sion has made turtles and another creator has made rabbits (although the rabbits are in beta right now).  I like the chickens.  They peep when they are little, then start kind of cackling and when completely mature the hens cackle and the roosters crow.  What do rabbits and turtles say?  Come on.

ESSEA moves onto Biome II

Posted August 14, 2009 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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ESSEA  stands for the Earth Systems Science Education Alliance – a national group of science educators who teach and promote the teaching of science from an Earth Systems approach.  Earth Systems Science is a way of looking at the earth through the eyes of spheres of the earth – the hydrosphere (water), atmosphere, lithosphere or geosphere (earth), and biosphere (life).  ESSEA now has a area on Biome II for meeting, bringing students, and learning more about Second Life.

And it grows and grows…

Posted May 23, 2009 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
Categories: About Biome, Biome

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There are more things to see on the TOL (Tree of Life).  I have added a slide show about birds in the animal room you will find interesting.  Incidentally I took the vast majority of the photos myself including the three you see here.  The conure is my pet Nurmi.

Bird Slide Show from the Tree of Life Animal Room

Bird Slide Show from the Tree of Life Animal Room

The plant room is coming along beautifully as you can see by the snapshots.  I will be adding some more informational items soon.  I also put in a couple of places to sit – one for regular, human-sized avatars, and another for tinies (like me in these pictures).

Biome's Tree of Life Plant room facing back

Biome's Tree of Life Plant room facing back

Biome's Tree of Life Plant room facing front

Biome's Tree of Life Plant room facing front

The Tree is Growing!

Posted February 17, 2009 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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The Tree of Life now has an exciting animal room with information and lots of creatures to visit!  Come to the base of the tree of life and tp to the animal room.  More quizzes and information coming.  Also, the plant room will be ready soon and I have some volunteer experts working with me on other rooms.

Base of the Tree of Life:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/BIOME/70/140/54

Animal Room in the Tree of Life on Biome

Animal Room in the Tree of Life on Biome

Biomes Evolve again

Posted November 21, 2008 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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Lots of news.  First of all the beautiful fall on Biome II is gone with the first snow we had here in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).  I am making trees from photo’s I took but, in the mean time, I am using some of those awful Linden trees that randomly seem to scrunch and shrink.  I find it really funny but particularly annoying that you go somewhere to get the special box of free trees and they are exactly the ones you already have in your library.  sometimes they even rename them just to fake you out.

Winter comes to Biome II

Winter comes to Biome II

On Biome I decided we needed a nice cozy foresty place to enjoy.  I added more trees included some oaks I made from sculpted parts and some nice seating around.

More forest comes to Biome

More forest comes to Biome

I also met an amateur mycologist, George Sporg, (George Sayers in real life) who is helping with our fungi room in the tree of life.  He has sent me some amazing photos and they will be a great addition.  The photo below is of one of the UP’s favorite fungi – a morel.   In his own words, “Here are a few pictures of the common yellow morel i.e. Morchella esculenta — It should be noted that this is a taxonomically troubled genus and depending on the company you keep referring you morels as such could spark a dangerous debate … usually the mushrooms eaten before anything like that takes place”.  I really appreciate the collaboration of people who have particular expertise or great ideas!

Common Morel

Common Morel (c) George Sayers 2008

Fall on Biome II and update on Biome

Posted November 8, 2008 by Carolyn Lowe/ Clowey Greenwood
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It’s fall on Biome II.  The leaves have changed and will soon be gone.  It won’t be long until the land will be covered with snow.

Fall on Biome II sim in Second Life

Fall on Biome II sim in Second Life

Squirrel in fall on Biome II

Squirrel in fall on Biome II

Squirrels are looking for acorns to hide and the woodpeckers are active – looking for those insects that will help them through the cold days.

Pileated woodpecker on Biome II

Pileated woodpecker on Biome II

Meanwhile I am looking for a more permanent source of funding so this amazing place can continue to grow.  Linden Labs kind of threw us a curve ball with a proposed very harsh change in pricing of Open Space lands (which Biome II is) but then backed down and made the proposition a little more reasonable.  The funding for Biome Ii is paid until August and it is my assumption given my last e-mail that no other charges will be added until then.


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