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Fall on Biome II and update on Biome

November 8, 2008

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.

Making Plants

October 13, 2008

It has occurred to me that people make things out of “prims” for the most part.  As I look around myself I find circles, cubes, pyramids, spheres, tubes sometimes twisted or cut or stretched.  In other words SL is a recreation of “man’s” world.  But nature is not so simplistic.  While it is possible to make a bear or tree out of cubes and spheres and such, it never looks quite natural enough so people have created another way to make more natural-looking items – sculpties.  I have Blender -the open source program that is used by a number of people I know.  I haven’t had time yet to really explore it.

But to begin my design of natural things I decided to do a few very SL-ish plants.  But the plants I needed to do are not found in the Linden Library or, for that matter, anywhere on SL.  I needed specific plants from the Great Lakes region of the US, specifically the Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior shore.  I started with a photo of a “sand cherry”, a native dune plant.  I found it takes a lot of time, patience and a fine hand to take out all that background junk and leave in all the leaves and flowers that are there.  Then , the image has to be saved correctly, uploaded, put on a prim and 3 or 4 of those prims assembled to give it a more-or-less 3D appearance.  Here is my first plant – the Sand Cherry.

Welcome to the new Biome Blog!

October 10, 2008

In the past, Biome was sometimes mentioned in Clowey Greenwood’s Blog.  But, with the expansion of land, use, and content of these islands (Biome and Biome II) located in the SciLands Region of the virtual world Second Life, it seemed time to move on to its own blog. What’s new?  Well Biome has a new Student and Faculty Center which replaces the former treehouse lounge.  A large, comfy log cabin (very Yooper-ish), roaring fire, romping kitten and some free items upstairs along with links to new changing rooms, the center should be a popular place for NMU Students, Faculty and other guests to visit, hang out, or call home.