I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2022
And the AMA posts continue, because you guys had a lot of questions. I probably will have to continue these posts beyond NaBloPoMo, but honestly, I love it. I think quite a few of us have AMA Google Forms set up now and I think we should continue asking each other random questions, because a) they truly help us getting to know each other better and b) they provide built-in blog content! Win-win!
From Beckett: I’d love to hear some more details about what you do for work.
I am a geographer and I work for the federal government. I work mostly on projects here in California, and as you can probably guess, a lot of them are related to water issues – subsidence, erosion, water use, water availability, and water sustainability. My focus is on remote sensing and GIS work.
Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object without making physical contact with the object by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance, which means data is collected “remotely” via laser, photography, or acoustic signal. The remote sensing platform can be ground-, airborne-, or satellite-based. I currently work with lidar, aerial photography, multispectral imagery, and sonar, and process these data in GIS.
Most people have heard about GIS, but in case you don’t know what that is, GIS stands for geographic information systems, which are computer-based tools used to store, visualize, analyze, and interpret geographic data. Geographic data (or geospatial data) identifies the geographic location of features. GIS can show many different kinds of data layers on one map, such as streets, buildings, waterways, vegetation, etc. and it helps users understand patterns, relationships, and geographic context.
So, I basically “stare” at (and analyze) two- or three-dimensional data, imagery, and maps all day. I also get to occasionally go into the field and collect some of these data myself (like GPS coordinates, or TLS (terrestrial lidar scanning) data. (I hope this answers your question?)
From Tobia: What is the last thing you crafted?
Oh boy, I knew you’d put me on the spot with this question – ha. To be honest, I have very much neglected my crafty side for a long while. I am embarrassed to say that I even had a hard time coming up with an answer because it’s been so long since I did anything crafty. The last crafty thing my hands touched has probably been my knitting. I am still working on a shawl that I started last winter (or maybe even the winter before that). Oh, and I’ve crocheted some garlands. So, there’s that.
My excuses are a) I don’t really have space to leave crafting supplies out (ever since my craft desk became my work-from-home desk) and b) that’s why I feel like I need a long stretch of uninterrupted time to get started on anything, or I won’t even bother.
From NGS: What’s your ideal Saturday afternoon?
My ideal Saturday afternoon would probably include a outdoor run or walk, a hot cup of coffee with milk, and a leisure mindset (as in, “not feeling rushed or pressured by any chores, or other commitments”) to do whatever I feel like at the moment without guilt (read, blog, craft, or watch TV). I am aware that as a childfree person without a lot of outside commitments, it might sound little bit ridiculous to say this, but I rarely feel that I have a long stretch of uninterrupted time. I realize that this might not be objectively true and is only a barrier in my mind, but this is probably why I haven’t touched any craft projects (see Tobia’s previous question) in a long time.
From Lisa: Has your thoughts about becoming a citizen changed in the last several years w/ everything that has happened with the 2016/2020 election/how covid was handled/etc?
That is a very good question. Part of me is very glad to hold a foreign passport and have a place to go if push came to shove, but if anything, the last few years have also confirmed that it was the right decision to pursue US citizenship. I would have felt very helpless and “alienated” if I hadn’t been able to participate in the last elections. I know that my vote in a heavily blue state might not have a huge impact in the grand scheme of things, but not being able to participate in the democratic process would feel way worse. I also think that lots of mistakes have been made everywhere in regards to Covid, but overall I actually felt quite okay living in California through the pandemic, as the Covid restrictions were much better here than in other states.
From Kae: What are you MOST grateful for in your life?
My health. It’s so, so easy to take this for granted, but I know so many people – younger people! – that struggle with health issues, which makes me extra-grateful for years of injury-free running and being otherwise free from any serious health issues. I think you can deal with anything else that life throws at you, if you’re healthy.
What are you most grateful for in your life?
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