Links and Notes - Mon, Apr 8, 2019

11:38 pm

Still a warm evening with temps 60 to 64 degrees.

At 5:49 pm, I saw a Song Sparrow forage on our backyard between the brush pile and garage.

Five years ago today:

http://sawv.org/2014/04/08/american-woodcock-in-our-backyard-apr-8-2014.html

5:49 p.m.

Sunny. It has been a good day for mining bee activity around our home. This is the first mining bee activity that I have seen this season. We were gone most of the day on Saturday and yesterday. Maybe some mining bee activity occurred those days, and I missed it.

Today, however, is the nicest day in West Toledo thus far for 2019. Sunny and warm with little wind. Dozens of mining bees are zipping around, low to the ground. Little sand piles exist throughout the yard where the mining bees burrowed up or where they are digging new holes. It's a fun insect. The bees are docile.

The small vivid blue flowers are blooming now in the middle oval flower bed and in some areas of the back lawn. I don't know what these bulb flowers are called. They are small, only about four to five inches tall. Small flowers too. Grass-like stalks. Another variety is also blooming, and this variety produces blueish-white flowers. Next month, another variety will bloom white flowers. The mining bees like

Migrating birds foraging on our backyard now at about 6:00 p.m. include:

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 8, 2019 4:52 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 73 F
Humidity : 44%
Wind Speed : WSW 9 mph
Wind Gust 21 mph
Barometer : 29.82 in
Dewpoint: 50 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 8, 2019 4:53 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 71 F
Humidity : 51%
Wind Speed : SW 13 mph
Barometer : 29.82 in
Dewpoint: 52 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 8, 2019 5:35 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 72 F
Humidity : 31%
Wind Speed : WSW 7 mph
Wind Gust 18 mph
Barometer : 29.79 in
Dewpoint: 40 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 05:45 PM, Mon, Apr 08, 2019
Summary: Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: 72 F
Dew Point: 49 F
Humidity: 43 %
Wind Direction: West
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Gust: 9 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.80 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 47 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 4.73 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 80 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northeast

2:50 p.m.

Warm afternoon. I have the windows up in the computer room. I heard a Golden-crowned Kinglet (GCKI) call. I saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler (MYWA), near our backyard brushpile. Only a few Slate-colored Juncos (SCJU) were hanging around. This morning, I heard a Chipping Sparrow (CHSP) sing west of our home.

MYWA = Myrtle Warbler, which was the old name for that bird. Scientists lumped the Myrtle Warbler and the Audubon's Warbler into the same species, calling it the Yellow-rumped Warbler. But bird banders note the differences, hence the reason why I use MYWA, since most of our yellow-rumps are myrtles. The Audubon's version of the yellow-rump is found in the western U.S.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 8, 2019 2:52 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 71 F
Humidity : 49%
Wind Speed : WSW 15 mph
Wind Gust 23 mph
Barometer : 29.84 in
Dewpoint: 51 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 8, 2019 2:53 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 69 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : SW 14 mph
Barometer : 29.85 in
Dewpoint: 54 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 8, 2019 2:35 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 69 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : WSW 8 mph
Barometer : 29.84 in
Dewpoint: 54 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

1:01 p.m.

Warmish day under a partly to mostly cloudy. Comfortable. Great day for yard work for people who enjoy doing that.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 8, 2019 12:52 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 66 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : W 12 mph
Barometer : 29.86 in
Dewpoint: 53 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 8, 2019 12:53 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 65 F
Humidity : 68%
Wind Speed : W 10 mph
Barometer : 29.87 in
Dewpoint: 54 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 8, 2019 12:35 pm EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 64 F
Humidity : 70%
Wind Speed : W 7 mph
Barometer : 29.86 in
Dewpoint: 54 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 01:00 PM, Mon, Apr 08, 2019
Summary: Mostly Cloudy
Air Temp: 64 F
Dew Point: 54 F
Humidity: 70 %
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind Gust: 9 mph
Apparent Air Temp: F
Pressure: 29.85 inches
UV Index: Moderate : 4.0
Cloud Cover: 92 % : Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 5.59 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 106 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: South

Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Apr 8, 2019 12:42 am

This Afternoon: Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

Wednesday: A slight chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Showers likely, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Sunday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


If Twitter is the cesspool of the internet, then Reddit might be the front door to the cesspool.

Links

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/07/710847132/big-cities-bright-lights-and-up-to-1-billion-bird-collisions

http://sawv.org/2019/04/07/more-links-sun-apr-7-2019.html


i hate this web design. i think that good content exists, but i don't have the patience to be abused by the hostile design. a frigging wikipedia page would be magnitudes more usable. initially, i could not determine how to navigate the page. hideous. welcome to the modern web design of shit. it's obscene that this offensive web design is trying to display content about Van Gogh.

https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/stories/looking-for-contrast


"UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs"

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47826946

https://mediagazer.com/190407/p7#a190407p7

Are parents and guardians of minors blameless? It seems that family members can do more to limit internet access to minors.

Why not pass a law that it makes it illegal for minors to own/use smartphones, something similar to cigarettes and alcohol?

Kids would have to wait until they are 16- or 18-years-old to use a smartphone. Until then, they can use dumb phones that can't do much more than make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages. Camera? Nah.

Don't like the rules? Too bad. The years will pass by soon enough, and the kids will be old enough to use smartphones.

Why don't the parents limit the kids' usage of phones and computers and overall internet access? Software exists to restrict internet access on devices. Parents can monitor their kids' internet activities. It's not an invasion of privacy. It's called parenting.


http://sawv.org/2019/03/26/notes-tue-mar-26-2019.html

I used Chrome's Lighthouse testing on the above page. Scores:

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