Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Trópico Verde and Conservation Strategy Fund have begun a study of the impacts of the proposed road through the Peten. They have concluded so far that it will result in the destruction of 60% of the forest cover in the Rio Azul National Park within 15 years.
Via Mildly Diverting weblog:
Met Spin Martin/Eric Rice by chance last night. Here's info by way of his blog on music in the metaverse.
From their news operation in Second Life, Reuters reports on a congressional committee looking into online economies.
“Right now we’re at the preliminary stages of looking at the issue and what kind of public policy questions virtual economies raise — taxes, barter exchanges, property and wealth,” said Dan Miller, senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee. “You could argue that to a certain degree the law has fallen (behind) because you can have a virtual asset and virtual capital gains, but there’s no mechanism by which you’re taxed on this stuff,” he said.
This free program allows you to design, render and export RAW files for use as height field maps. For Second Life of course, though I haven't confirmed the settings needed.
And a tutorial that is a little sketchy but describes going from Photoshop to Terragen.
Anticipating a lot of air travel this year, I was intrigued to see a link to this outfit.
Dan Rhett sent along this link, to an excellent article on the causes of the Maya collapse. Thanks Dan!
A violent turn in the ongoing struggle to remove the governor, Ulises Ruiz.
A year ago, Hurricane Stan brought devastation to the highlands of Guatemala. In a week, Doctor Irene Quieju, from Santiago Atitlan, will stop in New York at the Girls Club to tell us about the rebuilding of the Hospitalito, destroyed by a mudslide in a torrent of mud.
Thanks to Ron for this one. Now we need to hook it up to SL.
A bitter victory for the Sierra del Lacandon biosphere reserve. Can Guatemala find a way to protect its people and its resources, from poverty and narcotrafficking?
The community which wounded two people by gunfire and took park guards hostage in June is facing eviction by the army, park officials and police. A plan to accomplish this on Sept.22 was cancelled at the last moment by the chief of police, but it is now expected to happen in the next few days. This is part of a stepped up effort to take back the Sierra del Lacandon park from armed invaders and narcotraffickers.
Started my own underwater cavern this weekend, and now I have to check these out.