Announcing: A journal club for ecology and evolution!

No way! Way! simonb at
Sun Jan 23 16:42:38 EST 1994


The first BioMOO Ecology and Evolution Journal Club meeting!

WHAT is the BioMOO Ecology and Evolution Journal Club?

   The BioMOO EEJC is a new journal club, made up of BioMOO citizens, and
other interested people, who are interested in ecology and/or evolution,
and who want to get together on the net and talk about issues with
like-minded souls from all over the world. 

WHERE does it meet?

   The first meeting will take place in the Seminar Room on BioMOO. Signs 
will be posted in BioMOO to point you to the Seminar Room.

WHEN will this event occur?

   Friday 28th of January, at 2100 hrs, Greenwich Mean Time: 

	GMT             9.00 pm Friday
	New York        4.00 pm Friday
	Los Angeles     1.00 pm Friday
	Sydney          7.00 am Saturday (8.00 am Daylight Savings Time)
	Jerusalem       11.00 pm Friday

WHO will be there?

   The first meeting is being organized by Simon Blomberg, University of
Sydney. (SimonB on BioMOO, Internet: simonb at All
interested parties are welcome to attend. This means you!

WHICH paper will be discussed?

    The paper for discussion will be:

Reznick, D. and A. P. Yang. (1993). The influence of fluctuating resources
on life history: patterns of allocation and plasticity in female guppies.
_Ecology_ 74(7): 2011-2019.

HOW do I get to the meeting?

    See the accompanying information.

See you there!
                                               -- Simon Blomberg

Simon Blomberg                                   simonb at
School of Biol. Sciences, A08
University of Sydney            We demand the right to stop to look even at
NSW   2006  Australia        lizards, which are nobody's property. -JBS Haldane 

What is BioMOO?

BioMOO is a virtual meeting place for biologists, connected to the Globewide
Network Academy. The main physical part of the BioMOO is located at the
BioInformatics Unit of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

BioMOO is a professional community of Biology researchers.  It is a
place to come meet colleagues in Biology studies and related fields and
brainstorm, to hold colloquia and conferences, to explore the serious
side of this new medium.

All characters on BioMOO are identified.  You can find out who anyone is
by using the @whois command, so that you can contact them to continue
professional discussions.
To get a user ID in BioMOO, you have to login as a guest and provide the
following information:
 1 - The user ID you want, usually your name.
 2 - Your email address.
 3 - Your full name.
 4 - Your affiliation/institution (e.g. your university).
 5 - Your occupation (professor, programmer, student).
 6 - A short description of your research interests.
NB: even though character creation is automatic, this information IS REQUIRED.

BioMOO's telnet address: 8888
        numeric address: 8888

Please join us, and help build a valuable and fruitful environment!

How do I connect to BioMOO?
To access BioMOO, you have to:
  telnet 8888
Once you get the login welcome message, follow the instructions to connect.
Note: there are several 'client' programs available, that help you connect
to the MOO more easily. What program to use depends mainly on what type of
computer you're connecting from.

What is a MOO?
MOO stands for MUD, Object Oriented.  MUD stands for Multiple User Dimension.
This means, that MOO is an object-oriented computer program that allows
many users to log in at the same time, and interact among themselves, and
with the program.

What does 'object-oriented' mean?
Inside the MOO, everything is represented by objects. Every person, every
room, every note, all are represented by objects, that can be looked at,
examined and manipulated.

Here is some very basic info on how to do the most basic actions in a MOO.
Note that there are lots of other commands, best learnt through practice.
You can always type 'help' to get an index of help topics. For example, to
get specific help on how to communicate, you can type 'help communication'.

To know how the room you're in looks like, just type 'look'.
To get information on the objects around you, you can type:
look <object>    -- you get the description of the object
examine <object> -- you get the description, and additional information,
                    like the owner of the object, and some commands to use it.

To know who else is connected at the time, type 'who'.
You get also information on where they are, for how long they have been
connected, and when they were active last.

To communicate with people in the same room you're in, you can 'say' or 'emote':
Let's say you logged in as Guest. If you type
     "Hello, there.
or:  say Hello, there.
....the other people in the same room will see this:
     Guest says, "Hello, there."
If you type
or:  emote smiles.
....they will see this:     
     Guest smiles.

To communicate with people not in your room, you can 'page' them:
page John Do you have some free time?

To change your password:
@password <old password> <new password>

If you have trouble with text running off your screen, or if you receive
only the beginning of the lines, you might try the following commands:
@wrap on          -- to make the MOO wrap the text you read
@linelength XX    -- to set the length of your lines, in letters, to XX
@pagelength XX    -- to set the length of your page, in lines, to XX
@more rest/flush  -- to read/flush suspended output

Finally, to logoff:
@quit             -- or (in some computers) control-]

Gustavo Glusman -- bmgustav at

Simon Blomberg                                   simonb at
School of Biol. Sciences, A08
University of Sydney            We demand the right to stop to look even at
NSW   2006  Australia        lizards, which are nobody's property. -JBS Haldane

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