April 20, 2018
Shanghai Diaries III.
Looking up, I wouldn't be surprised to see Batman perched atop this building, it looks so fitting to his character.
In the distance, of to the left is a less menacing looking building, the "bottle opener" Shanghai World Financial Center.
The smoke eminating from the bottom is a fitting detail.
Met with a nice lady and her dogs this afternoon to discuss a custom dog house for her great dane mix. Moose had fun playing and showing the dogs his home while we talked. I had to cut my work short, but made some good progress on another order I've been working on before they arrived. Good thing I stocked up on wood over the weekend, because this next house is gonna be yuge. #doghouse#buildingstuff#woodworking
New mirrors, new handlebars, a new look for 2018. Although I was able to recycle part of the old mirror for a customised camera mount. I want to use that camera to track vegetation phenology this year. A colleague of mine has used a similar camera mounted on his car to track changes in leaf colour throughout the season in Massachusetts last year. I might try to do the same along route 91 across Vermont. That way, every trip to Canada has an added scientific purpose. It would be amazing if we could install these cameras on long-distance @amtrak trains and get a much larger scale perspective on vegetation phenology across the USA.
The methodology developed by my colleague is pretty neat. We use a machine learning algorithm to filter out everything other than vegetation in each frame and extract the green chromatic coordinate for the vegetation only, knowing the time and place it was taken. This is particularly useful when done repeatedly on the same route, so you can compare how the colour changes over time. When you capture images across long distances, you can start looking at how the seasons change differently in Southern and Northern Vermont or at different elevations along the road. This kind of work could even help to inform us how season will change with future changes in climate.
Rainy afternoon = finishing the wiring and last details before framing/rough wiring and plumbing inspection so I can start drywall on the new bath/study! Yes, I got permits. #staugustinefl#diy#housesmith#buildingstuff