Journal archives for July 2021

July 16, 2021

How great of threat on insects are 5G cellphone millimeter waves?

I wish we knew but no one funds this research since the telecom companies control the government in charge of overseeing our health and safety.

Posted on July 16, 2021 03:49 PM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 22, 2021

INaturalist related research ideas

Biological hot-spots of an area.
I wonder if a person could do a comparison of biological diversity of different locals. They would have to normalize for "where humans go." It seems like it would be best if each section could normalize for miles of trails+roads. but maybe this could be done by just normalizing for the number of observations made in that section.
For instance, Lake Tahoe is made up of so many micro climates. I find this interesting and kind of important. I think science and forestry fuels management still works at too much of a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't take micro climates and different biological productivity of those small areas into account enough.

Posted on July 22, 2021 10:41 PM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 24, 2021

Fire Monitoring

I am kind of interested in observations where the wildfires are happening. Particularly the observations after the fire ravages the area. Including being interested in the human behavior or humans going to the area making observations. Such as mushroom hunters.

I will update this journal post with easy url's to search the areas where the fires are happening. I will do this using a combination of satellite imagery, my own kml files, and online posted files such as modis fire detection.

You can make your own or edit mine by manually changing the url link. Change the latitude, longitude and the radius. Or if it's a rectangle, change the corner lat long coordinates.

CALDOR FIRE (still growing) updated 08/31/21

DIXIE FIRE (still growing) updated Sept 1st,-121.5333859,9.26z/data=!4m3!15m2!1m1!1s%2Fg%2F11nxq2b_0c




more coming soon

Posted on July 24, 2021 02:47 PM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 12 comments | Leave a comment

July 31, 2021

Why I don't like this website

In addition to my journal post below exploring the ethics of using this website...
All it takes is one person to reveal a trail, road or area, and then it attracts more and more until the trail gets over run by hikers and observers. New trails eventually stem off of that trail, bicycle trails, dirt bikes, etc, etc, one thing leads to another and before you know it, we are living in a city.

You think I am exaggerating? Try living in the same area your whole life and watch it happen. I've experienced a good chunk of this process. Then future generations don't even know how nice it was because everyone is accustomed to this degraded state and new normal. Despite all the great things that come with keeping track of nature on this website, this kind of stuff also adds up over time and has negative consequences. Then I wonder what good is keeping track of biodiversity and invasive species if you are just inviting more people into an area to trample and potentially destroy it both directly with walking, accidental and intentional littering and moving there and indirectly with car miles driven and CO2 emissions. Then you get governmental agencies looking to this website to see what the attractions are so they can plan more sidewalks, parking lots, bathrooms, infrastructure, etc.
Do the pros outweigh the cons? I used to think that they slightly did, but over the past several years I think the cons in all this stuff are outweighing the pros.

Yes you can't stop change, but you also have to be wake up, be observant and acknowledge the downward direction human society is taking us in overall across the board. A lot more needs to be done to bring about ethics and cultural change to catch up with this technology, the greed, the selfishness, the ignorance, the lack of communication and the divisions going on in the world.

Be smart about technology and consider others, other life, and indirect consequences of your actions in all things.

This set of observations is from one person on one day. This person isn't the only one that has marked observations along this trail but it is a good example of what can happen, does happen and is happening. How many of you use INaturalist to find places to go or find out where and why so many others are going to specific places? I know I do. That was the main reason I originally signed up to this website. I've never really needed people to tell me where trails are. My sense of adventure is greater than that. However, I must keep track of why my area is degrading so much and what is going on around me. Among many negative things technology is doing, it is killing peoples sense of adventure, spirit, strength, intelligence and boldness. But that's another topic that would need to be explored separately with references and supporting statements.

If embedded image doesn't work here is link.

For those who disagree with me, hopefully you never have to experience what I have to come to my perspective and understanding. Or maybe you should so learn and put a stop to it. The sad thing is, no one really cares or takes action until they personally experience something and when it comes to nature, the climate, or personal health problems, by the time they experience it, it's too late.

Posted on July 31, 2021 02:43 PM by ipomopsis ipomopsis | 0 comments | Leave a comment