I have opened a companion site on Second
Life (SL). Second Life is a 3-dimensional virtual world.
It is growing in popularity with over six million residents.
It has been touted as the biggest advancement in user
connectivity since the internet. Time will tell if that
is true, but it is a truly remarkable place. When you
enroll in SL you are given a customizable avatar.
The avatar can walk, fly and teleport among the thousands
of virtual businesses, entertainment, and educational
sites. There are mountains, rivers, beaches, oceans,
forests and many developed areas. Click the icon below
to open the Second Life website.
I am learning how to design, build and teach in SL.
I rented a classroom on an educational island for an
interactive version of the ORMM site. It is much easier
to walk around and explore the room than it is to search
through the many html pages of this site. The displays
in the room are interactive so that you can explore freely
and at your own pace. The 3-D world offers new ways of
teaching and teachers should be especially interested.
I own additional property for creating experimental objects.
I'm sure that the SL version of ORMM will supplement
and expand this website, just as the website supplemented
and expanded our textbook.
The room is called "Art and Mathematics." I
team with my son, the artist Nathan Jensen, whose pictures
are displayed along with the OR
topics. The thesis of the room is that both artists and
OR analysts use abstractions. The artist uses the tools
of brushes and paint to create representations
of reality on canvas. The OR analyst uses the tools of
mathematics and computers to create the abstractions
described by the OR model.
My name in second life is Paul Jookerie. I wear a brown
stetsonhat, but those that know me will notice that I
look much younger in SL than I do in real life (RL).
That is one of the benefits of SL.