Barnaby Walters

Arranging atoms and pressurising air in a variety of manners, such as:

Pronouns: he/him/his

  1. Ridiculous amounts of hamster activity at the moment. I must have seen nearly 100 of them in an hour. I also heard them vocalise for the first time, a sort of guttural hissing sound.

  2. Tip for anyone using greg to download podcasts: this config setting forces the downloaded files to be in chronological order, and strips any query parameters from the end of their name:

    downloadhandler = wget {link} -O {directory}/{date}_{filename}

  3. Had some fun looking at soil with a cheap USB microscope today. At maximum magnification, its depth of field is smaller than the height of one of these tiny soil mites (maybe 0.3mm at the most)

  4. Here’s a python snippet for analysing an iNaturalist export file and exporting an HTML-formatted list of species which only have observations from a single person (e.g. this list for the CNC Wien 2021)

    # coding: utf-8
    import argparse
    import pandas as pd
    Find which species in an iNaturalist export only have observations from a single observer.
    Get an export from here: with a query such
    as quality_grade=research&identifications=any&rank=species&projects[]=92926 and at least the
    following columns: taxon_id, scientific_name, common_name, user_login
    Download it, extract the CSV, then run this script with the file name as its argument. It will
    output basic stats formatted as HTML.
    The only external module required is pandas.
    Example usage:
    		py wien_cnc_2021.csv > wien_cnc_2021_results.html
    If you provide the --project-id (-p) argument, the taxa links in the output list will link to 
    a list of observations of that taxa within that project. Otherwise, they default to linking
    to the taxa page.
    If a quality_grade column is included, non-research-grade observations will be included in the
    analysis. Uniquely observed species with no research-grade observations will be marked. Species
    which were observed by multiple people, only one of which has research-grade observation(s) will
    also be marked.
    By Barnaby Walters
    if __name__ == "__main__":
    	parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Given an iNaturalist observation export, find species which were only observed by a single person.')
    	parser.add_argument('-p', '--project-id', dest='project_id', default=None)
    	args = parser.parse_args()
    	uniquely_observed_species = {}
    	df = pd.read_csv(args.export_file)
    	# If quality_grade isn’t given, assume that the export contains only RG observations.
    	if 'quality_grade' not in df.columns:
    		df.loc[:, 'quality_grade'] = 'research'
    	# Filter out casual observations.
    	df = df.query('quality_grade != "casual"')
    	# Create a local species reference from the dataframe.
    	species = df.loc[:, ('taxon_id', 'scientific_name', 'common_name')].drop_duplicates()
    	species = species.set_index(species.loc[:, 'taxon_id'])
    	for tid in species.index:
    		observers = df.query('taxon_id == @tid').loc[:, 'user_login'].drop_duplicates()
    		research_grade_observers = df.query('taxon_id == @tid and quality_grade == "research"').loc[:, 'user_login'].drop_duplicates()
    		if observers.shape[0] == 1:
    			# Only one person made any observations of this species.
    			observer = observers.squeeze()
    			if observer not in uniquely_observed_species:
    				uniquely_observed_species[observer] = []
    				'id': tid,
    				'has_research_grade': (not research_grade_observers.empty),
    				'num_other_observers': 0
    		elif research_grade_observers.shape[0] == 1:
    			# Multiple people observed the species, but only one person has research-grade observation(s).
    			rg_observer = research_grade_observers.squeeze()
    			if rg_observer not in uniquely_observed_species:
    				uniquely_observed_species[rg_observer] = []
    				'id': tid,
    				'has_research_grade': True,
    				'num_other_observers': observers.shape[0] - 1
    	# Sort observers by number of unique species.
    	sorted_observations = sorted(uniquely_observed_species.items(), key=lambda t: len(t[1]), reverse=True)
    	print(f"<p>{sum([len(t) for _, t in sorted_observations])} taxa uniquely observed by {len(sorted_observations)} observers.</p>")
    	for observer, _ in sorted_observations:
    		print(f"@{observer} ", end='')
    	print('<p><b>bold</b> species are ones for which the given observer has one or more research-grade observations.</p>')
    	print('<p>If only one person has RG observations of a species, but other people have observations which need ID, the number of needs-ID observers are indicated in parentheses.')
    	for observer, taxa in sorted_observations:
    		print(f"""\n\n<p><a href="{observer}">@{observer}</a> ({len(taxa)} taxa):</p><ul>""")
    		for tobv in sorted(taxa, key=lambda t: species.loc[t['id']]['scientific_name']):
    			tid = tobv['id']
    			t = species.loc[tid]
    			if args.project_id:
    				taxa_url = f"{tid}&amp;project_id={args.project_id}"
    				taxa_url = f'{tid}'
    			rgb, rge = ('<b>', '</b>') if tobv.get('has_research_grade') else ('', '')
    			others = f" ({tobv.get('num_other_observers', 0)})" if tobv.get('num_other_observers', 0) > 0 else ''
    			if not pd.isnull(t['common_name']):
    				print(f"""<li><a href="{taxa_url}">{rgb}<i>{t['scientific_name']}</i> ({t['common_name']}){rge}{others}</a></li>""")
    				print(f"""<li><a href="{taxa_url}">{rgb}<i>{t['scientific_name']}</i>{rge}{others}</a></li>""")
  5. Pro tip: get to know the locations of nearby fire hydrants, street crossings, traffic lights, chimneys and bicycles so that when the AIs take over you know how to appease them.

  6. After many unsuccessful attempts to propagate shrub cuttings, this sage seems to be cooperating! Making a tape grid over a plastic tub of water is a nice low-tech solution for holding many cuttings upright.

  7. New video: Ai Wo Mitsuketa Basho (愛を見つけた場所) by Oku Hanako and Akito Matsuda. I adapted the brass duet arrangement from Sound! Euphonium for hurdy gurdy, and played both parts on gurdy #10 before shipping it to its new owner.

    Nobody’s likely to make an anime about hurdy gurdy players any time soon, so this will have to do for the moment.

  8. Day 4 of the was very successful after the storm-related inactivity of day 3, with 106 observations from the Lobau and Prater. Highlights include:

    My first sighting of wild european pond turtles

    My first black woodpeckers

    Many great spotted woodpeckers

    A greater bee fly which held still long enough for me to photograph it

    Some newts

    This interesting spider

    These enormous beetle larvae

    This cool looking moth

    And many, many oil beetles

    That makes a total of 213 observations over the long weekend. It’ll take some time for them to be identifed down to species level, but it looks like at least 130 individual species.

  9. Day 2 of the : I finally made it to the Lainzer Tiergarten and made 73 observations, the highlights of which included:

    Some enormous woodlice

    Some sort of Polydesmus, curled up on a little wall it had built to protect its eggs

    Plenty of Glomeris and pill woodlice

    A red squirrel

    A nuthatch — not a great photo, but they’re one of my favourite woodland birds

    One of the furriest moths I’ve ever seen — I think it’s a chimney sweep moth? If so, it’s an appropriate name.

    And finally, this enormous severed stag beetle head.

  10. Made 34 observations on the first day of the Wien. Nothing particularly remarkable, except for the biggest frog I’ve ever seen, and lots of hamster activity, including some fights and parents with young, which I’ve not seen before.

  11. I finally got Visual Studio Code’s terminal and tab handling working the way I wanted, with these keybindings:

          "key": "shift+cmd+]",
          "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focusNext",
          "when": "terminalFocus"
          "key": "shift+cmd+[",
          "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focusPrevious",
          "when": "terminalFocus"
          "key": "cmd+w",
          "command": "workbench.action.terminal.kill",
          "when": "terminalFocus"
          "key": "ctrl+`",
          "command": "workbench.action.terminal.focus"
          "key": "ctrl+`",
          "command": "workbench.action.focusActiveEditorGroup",
          "when": "terminalFocus"

    This way, cmd+shift+] and cmd+shift+[ not only allow you to switch between editor tabs, but also terminals, when the terminal is focused. cmd+w kills the current terminal tab as expected. ctrl+` switches focus between the editor and the terminal.

    I was considering overriding cmd+t to open a new terminal when the terminal is focused, but decided to just get used to the built in ctrl+shift+` shortcut instead.

  12. Happy 237th Halibut Day, everyone!