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High School:
Central
The last three CD's I purchased/downloaded were:
Serj Tankian, Metallica, Techno
My favorite subject during the regular school day is:
World History
Extracurricular activities I am involved in at school:
Cross-Country, Track, Hackey Sack Club
My interests (other than school) are:
Running, God, Chilling like a G

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Little Dudes With a Big Responsibility

I did the whole write to a scientist thing about the role the bacteria play in the ecosystem around the underwater vents. I wondered about how the packet we got said that since there is no light and every other food chain on the planet starts with sunlight, how the bacteria play a role in making everything work. “However at deep sea vents, where the… Continue

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 6:55pm

Save Something

Save Something



Chapter 12 of the enchanted braid was kind of a follow up to chapter 11. In chapter 11 Osha explained to us how the different practices of destructive fishing had taken its toll on the reefs in the thousand islands region of the Philippines. Chapter 11 explained the social problems of why it is so hard to save the coral reefs in the area. The only way to really save a reef fishery is to get the fishermen to honestly care.



Great things are never done by just… Continue

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Living on Destruction

Living on destruction

“There are only two threats to coral reefs: the needy and the greedy.”—Thomas Goreau, Global Coral Reef Alliance. This is the most devastating braid of this tapestry. When people are desperate to survive and there is a way to meet the needs of a family or village then every precaution is bypassed by many fishermen in Indonesia.

The beauty of the coral reefs near Ujungpandang is more like a… Continue

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Progress killed Beauty

Progress Killed Beauty

Jakarta is the super-city of the thousand islands Indonesia. Jakarta is located on the island of Java and it is home to over 10 MILLION people. This megatrapolis has towering skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and huge shopping malls. You can see business men in the finest of tailored suits strolling down the sidewalk while the traffic roars in the streets. The so called “Golden Triangle” this is the… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

Turtle-Turtle

Turtle-Turtle

The way Osha starts out the chapter was really nice. He really is an artist when it comes to painting an image. To tell you the truth I never even thought twice about sea turtles, I mean who cares… It’s a turtle. How until now could I have possibly known all the mystery, danger, and sheer strangeness that happens in a sea turtles life?

There is so much that we really don’t know about sea turtles, but besides the point sea turtles is a lame name. I agree with Osha that… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 9:11am

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At 5:43pm on March 25, 2009, ricky maddox said…
Hey, man did you ever have a big black dog that liked to grab small children by the collars of their baseball shirts and drag them across your yard?
At 5:49pm on July 17, 2008, Osha said…
Torin, your message made my day! I'm happy to know that the coral fossil is in good hands. Enjoy it -- I did.
Best,
Osha
At 11:11pm on June 27, 2008, Osha said…
Hey, Torin. It's pretty cool for authors to get to discuss their work with readers, too!
At 8:48pm on June 4, 2008, Taylor Braby said…
Hi Torin, I am super excited for Marine Biology!
 
 
 

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