Saturday, April 24, 2010

Uploaded 1993 video / NW Environmental Data Base-The Rivers Information Systems of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, & Washington

Friday, April 23, 2010

Your Mom’s Guide to Those Facebook Changes, and How to Block Them (Via GigaOm)
RT sunlightnetwork: RT @jakebrewer: Help build the largest catalog of government information in the world.
RT @PulseonTech Are Like Buttons Evil? The Open Web Reacts To Facebook’s Not-So-Open Graph: (via TechCrunch)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Great photo of amazing expanding solar prominence. Also great photos of Northern lights .

Monday, April 19, 2010

Public=Online Participatory Wiki Transparency US State Map. Oregon has some info. Idaho does not yet.
RT @RonsGeoPicks: Betting on Climate Change: Corporations Stand to Make or Lose Billions
Pledge for PUBLIC=ONLINE - Govt. transparency is of highest importance in how I cast my vote (via @sunlightnetwork)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Swainson's Hawks are back from Argentina. I saw one this morning in Boise. (via @sdaudubon)
RT @RonsGeoPicks: Using Logic Diagrams to Organize Knowledge and Pinpoint Ignorance

Friday, April 16, 2010

Many other videos from Where 2.0 2010 Conference available on YouTube.
Viewed You Tube video "The New Meaning of Mapping" presented by Michael Jones at Where 2.0 2010 conference.
Stranded Norway's Prime Minister runs country with iPad. (Via CNNTech)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Howard Rheingold has collected many helpful links for facilitating or managing online communities. (via @hrheingold)
Found 14 Owyhee Canyonlands "full screen" 360 degree panoramas I uploaded to Google Earth Community-2006 Browser view
Digitized & uploaded 1992 archived multimedia/video "Owyhee Canyonlands - The High Desert Country of Southwest Idaho"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Watched "Spatial Analysis & the GeoWeb" video with Jack Dangermond (ESRI) at recent Where 2.0 2010 Conference.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Viewed "Armchair Revolutionary" a Web-based social activism supporting science & technology projects (via geek gestalt)
"Google Asks Obama to Support Home Energy App Platform" (Via ReadWriteWeb) monitoring & reducing energy use saves $.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Wrote a longer post on my Blog related to aquifer & other natural resource sustainability issues, & Internet networking.

Who thought the Snake River Plain aquifer was "unlimited?"

A 4/05/10 article in the Idaho Statesman titled - "Barker: Water dispute shows how rural Idaho's clout is fading" states that "Many irrigators in Eastern Idaho believed the aquifer was 'unlimited'…"

Here is a link to an Overview of the Snake River Plain Aquifer - From the Digital Geology of Idaho web site. Hydrologic and geologic conditions, physical characteristics, and human impact are described. References also provided.

The Mesa Falls video below shows a large quantity of water flowing from the Henrys Fork of the Snake River in Eastern Idaho. Some water from the Snake River tributaries seeps down into the aquifer. For example, here is a link explaining how the Big and Little Lost Rivers become subterranean, feeding the aquifer.

Even 150 years ago, before most "Water Law" was established in the west, some historians had published knowledge of local, regional and worldwide problems related to this kind of natural resource myth. How does a population of educated people let itself create these kind of short term problems that would have different outcomes if long term sustainability could have been established as a goal by politicians, businesses, and the public initially? My view is that it is imperative that a much more balanced public participatory process is necessary. Everybody has to be a stakeholder in sustainability issues, not just politicians, government, businesses and special interest groups.

The question from now on is - how are we going to deal with natural resource sustainability decisions that affect everybody in Idaho and ecosystems that affect us and other western states, the US and countries around the world?

Again as I have stated many times in this blog, my view is that the Internet via open source and networking tools is becoming a transformative opportunity for more public information to become available and for many more people to become much more active participants in future natural resource and ecosystem sustainability decisions. I am trying to push my friends and associates to learn how to use these tools more effectively and to share their experiences with the rest of us.
"Irrigators in Eastern Idaho believed the aquifer was 'unlimited'…" Global historic "sustainability" records ignored?