April 09, 2023

Voynich Manuscript

I was looking through the mysterious Voynich Manuscript

I think it's a hoax based on the images but it might be fun to try to apply the Inaturalist AI engine to it.

Posted on April 09, 2023 03:21 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 29, 2023

February 26, 2023

Ravens taking over Lake Tahoe

Ravens are clearly populating the heck out of Lake Tahoe. I see more and more all the time. On a typical day now I can count about 10 crossing my field of view (even when I don't even leave the house!).
It's very strange. I don't now what's going on but I don't like it.
Perhaps they are coming in with all the other trash and over-development humans are bringing to Tahoe that's throughout international news lately.

Posted on February 26, 2023 08:43 PM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 13, 2022

New Projects

I started two new projects in addition to my scat containing trash project.
One for trees struck by lightning and another for recovering damaged trees.


It took me a while combing through Inaturalist but I was amazed at how many observations I found of lighting strikes. So cool!

Posted on October 13, 2022 01:34 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 04, 2022

Poop Containing Garbage

I finally started a project for this and I found a few observations by other people around the world. Might be interesting to see which species show up the most. Likely Coyote.

Posted on October 04, 2022 05:05 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 08, 2022

bad day

Well today was a lousy day. I spent the morning thinking it was Thursday. I found out I won't be able to see my cousin I had hoped to see Friday that I hadn't seen in many years. Then halfway through the morning a dog attacked me and bit my leg completely unprovoked.. So I was terribly unproductive today from that I've been cleaning the wound but it's all swollen and red now. I did fill out an injury report. Thank goodness my shoes protected my foot or half my food would be ripped off too. Feeling pretty lonely without my parents around or anyone to talk about about it. And now because of what looks like 2 forest fires near me, it's super smokey outside. which is a bummer because I was looking forward to a couple adventures this week. And it's hotter in my house because the STUPID HOA forced me to take a sun shade down outside my front door. So if I open the windows to cool down that means breathing smoke. I also found out yesterday that a friend of mine is in the hospital and sounds serious after crashing his mountain bike.
Don't get me wrong, I feel pretty lucky with everything I got in the world but when you don't have good health or friends and family, everything else seems a bit bland.

Posted on September 08, 2022 02:25 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 16, 2022

You are a Bush

There are far more shrubs in the world than humans, however, when you think about it, humans can be just as common. As with any species, each looks the same but has it's own characteristics, phenotypes, gene expression, etc.

Most people struggle with purpose. Most people are just drones living day to day to get by. It's similar with animals and shrubs. I was thinking yesterday briefly if there is a way to look to shrubs in figuring out purpose in life. If we could figure out the purpose of a single bush, maybe we could understand our own purpose.

I'm thinking this through more as I write this thought down for the first time. Don't have much time but I'll jot it down rather than not.

A shrub in the forest supports insects, mammals, birds, and in turn they support the shrub with pollination, regeneration, and even fending off insects or pathogens. That one shrub might seem like a normal unimportant bush among trillions but it's playing a crucial role on our planet. It's purpose is there to be part of life.

So how do we compare to the shrub/bush? Pretty much the same, we seem unimportant among billions of other humans but collectively we are playing a crucial role in the time line of life. Unfortunately we are mostly destructive to life. Maybe that's because most people don't understand their purpose in the ecosystem as humanity has gotten separated and caught up in the tiny human world.

Posted on August 16, 2022 04:44 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 09, 2022

Death Valley

Since Death Valley just had basically a 100 year flood event, would now be a good time to go visit as the park opens back up to see what stuff pops up?

Posted on August 09, 2022 01:53 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 08, 2022

Insect camera trap tracker

Sure would be cool to come up with some sort of camera trap for insects. Like a tube or tunnel that would naturally force them to go through without harming them to document all the insects in a place.

Posted on August 08, 2022 03:27 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 1 comment | Leave a comment

July 30, 2022

pocket microscope

I attempted to buy some pocket microscopes a couple months ago but the stupid company is like the ONLY online store on the internet that won't accept my credit cards. When talking to them on the phone they blamed me in a rude way and would not accept phone orders. But I really want one and these seem like the best so I tried again Thursday. I still couldn't get their site to work, so I broke down and bought them from amazon. Ugg.
I hope they are good because I don't have any trust in the support from the company.

The INaturalist community can look forward to more microscale observations from me now.
I'm hoping it might help in IDing some stuff and am mostly interested in using it for algae, lichens and rust spores.

Posted on July 30, 2022 01:54 AM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment