Distance travel must shift to electric power (trains, buses or even cars), but intercity buses are remarkably efficient even on diesel fuel.

More graphics at: saxifrages.org/eco/show1s/Tran

Our city of Durham, NC is well over twice the area of Paris, France, but has 1/8th as many people.

We have room for plenty more neighbors in a vibrant, livable city; there is no need for further suburban sprawl.

My letter to WIRED. I'll re-subscribe again if they commit never to advertise intentionally harmful and addictive products in the future.

Show thread

The first of the blue-eyed grass has popped open. (Gilia capitatum is starting to bud in the same container.)

Sometimes I just like making a pretty graph to illustrate something, even if it's not dramatically insightful?

The very earliest blooming wildflowers of California: the Fetid Adder's Tongue, in a redwood forest on Mt. Tam, and the Footsteps of Spring, in the grass on Bernal Hill in San Francisco.

On a train on New Year's Eve, so I felt compelled to make a map of my Amtrak travel progress: npdoty.name/trains/

Look how excited they are! Here's a video of people yelling "we did it" and "congratulations" in their respective native tongues:
Here's the napkin where all the NIST researchers put their bets on what the final number would be:

A lovely intermodal transit day, ending with a bus trip over the Bay Bridge into the newly opened beautiful transit center with the rooftop park.

Oil portrait of Henry George, that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

Show thread

This weekend is City Nature Challenge!

If you haven't used iNaturalist yet, check it out: just take a picture of a plant or animal you see in the wild and get advice on what species it is.

Here are my observations from a short trip to Maui last weekend, including the Haleakalฤ Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum) and a Green Sea Turtle:

@CobaltVelvet when I just logged in on octodon, the 2fa code page was in Chinese, while the rest of the login was en-us, as I'd expected.

WIP: the IETF's working groups, as seen/connected through mailing list traffic


When did I last visit __?

A fun exercise, using Google location history data, some code from @amac@twitter.com and some manual calendar reviewing.


The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!