I attended Butte Community College from August 2006 to Spring 2009. I began studying Geology in the Fall of 2009, at UC Davis. I have focused on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and my coursework includes scripting (automating) GIS. I'm very interested in using GIS and statistical software (such as R) in any future research.
A mission that I've adopted recently is to convince student geologists that computers are useful tools that don't have to make the last two weeks of the quarter miserable...
For summer of 2010, I compiled geology data for the USFS Mendocino National Forest and surveyed for unstable land (e.g., landslides).
Solving Geological Problems using Computers
See my blog: http://geo.distortions.net
GIS is a perfect companion for City Wikis. People love maps! Of course wikispot has a mapping feature that geolocates addresses using Google Maps. But that's about it. Thus the usefulness of GIS. My website has a handy list of data sources that I use for maps on this wiki.
Past Mapping Projects
Apartments. As time permits I am combining data from various sources including the City of Davis GIS Library and OpenStreetMaps.org to create a useful set of maps showing locations of Apartments. The maps may be modified at any time for data corrections, cartographic reasons, and for other general fixes. All sources licensed their data through Creative Commons and thus these products are too.
Current Wiki Knowledge Building Efforts
I plan on completely revamping the geology page. It is great as a very superficial introduction but makes simplifications that really don't do this region's history justice (for example, the Coastal Ranges are not just old sediment! One of the most important mysteries, not quite solved by plate tectonics, exists there: The Franciscan!). So hopefully after finals I'll find the words, references, and go wild.
Attempt to remove the stigma of the Bachelor of Arts in geology at UC. Honestly, what's wrong with breadth? Thus I will ensure that the BS and BA are portrayed fairly on the UC Davis Geology Department page.
As I find places that I can't live without in Davis, I'll list them here. Then you can stalk me. :-P
I have had good experiences at the following. Note that I'm a creature of habit thus this list may not change much.
Davis Noodle City (haven't had a bad meal yet and it's getting cold... vegetarian KIMCHI SOUP!!!)
El Mariachi (I don't remember why I listed this here. Guess I need to go back.)
Proposed favorite haunts require at least one good in-restaurant or store experience. If consecutive good experiences occur, then it may migrate to the genuine favorite haunts section.
If at some point a restaurant or store is listed here, it means I will never return unless management or something else drastic changes. Thus far no business in Davis warrants being listed here.
Chico — I began the Chico Wiki.
http://wiki.hcoop.net — I've contributed quite a bit to the Hosting Cooperative (HCoop) wiki.
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2009-03-21 08:46:03 Joining groups without knowing that you have done so is a common occurrence in Davis. This has probably happened to me at least 1 1/2 times.
When do you make the move from Chico (and its wiki) to Davis (and its wiki)? —IDoNotExist
2009-03-21 13:04:39 There are a LOT of sublets available in Davis during the summer, because most of the students are not here. You can get a place to live and keep your stuff relatively cheaply. Or if you don't want to stay in 114 degree heat during the summer, you can get a storage unit. The earlier you rent it, the easier it will be. You don't want to be trying to rent it right before everyone in the town moves on September 1st. —IDoNotExist
2009-04-22 12:25:37 Nice map! Do you have any suggestions for good online tutorials for getting into QGIS and/or GRASS? I have been wanting to learn some GIS for a while but shied away from it because of the cost of ARCGIS. Also, would you say that learning QGIS/GRASS is a good stepping stone to learning ARCGIS, or are there significant differences? —TheAmazingLarry
2009-04-26 07:09:30 Thanks for the GIS info. Looks like some good resources! —TheAmazingLarry
2009-04-29 17:04:53 thanks for catching that stat on the swine flu page, i must have misread the source was looking at. —JoePomidor
2009-05-07 14:05:58 I like your checklist and I'm probably going to use it. —MasonMurray
2009-07-01 13:14:04 Welcome to Davis! —IDoNotExist
2009-07-01 16:25:49 Did you finish your move? —IDoNotExist
2009-08-02 21:28:18 Logical inconsistencies often cause computers to self destruct. One only need look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_the_Archons or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Mudd to see that this will sometimes cause them to explode, emit smoke (the smoke is what makes circuits work and must not be released), or freeze. —IDoNotExist
2009-09-09 16:44:35 you should check out Zentoro's its better than sushi unlimited —Jcurri31
2009-09-12 18:01:16 FYI, if you were still wondering about the UCD email transition... I'm a transfer as well.
I was stuck using the old (Gecko?) mail myself, but upon logging into MyAdmissions today, and then clicking on EMAIL from there... From there, I was able to setup a Davis Gmail (DavisMail?) account. Cheers! —H4rry
2009-09-13 11:49:02 Yea I've been on a semester system for my whole life... I'm rather nervous about making the switch to quarter myself... —H4rry
2009-09-17 09:49:23 Re: dup comments, there was an aggravated edit war on another wiki with automated tools that was hammering the database. It looks to have calmed town. —JabberWokky
2009-09-20 20:21:04 I think that I need to open a new Yogurt Shop. I'll call it Ye Olde Yoghurt Shoppe. —RyanMikulovsky
I've always thought Lonesome Moo Yogurt would be good. Similar to my idea (spawned when I first moved to California and misread Leatherby's Ice Cream as Leatherboy's Ice Cream) of Whipped Cow Ice Cream Parlor and Leather Goods. -jw
2009-09-22 14:16:31 That graphic should probably be more prominent, both on that entry, and on various "new to Davis" entries. NICE work — it's "Best 'o the wiki"! —JabberWokky
2009-09-22 17:11:32 Ryan: I wonder if your maps could be overlaid onto one of Google's satellite or hybrid maps to create a map version that shows apt boundaries on something visible. Also, is it possible to turn on street names and apt name labels on the apts themselves? —IDoNotExist
2009-09-25 11:14:50 Hey Ryan! I haven't seen you since high school. I don't know if you noticed, but I wrote the Sudwerk review above yours.
Ryan and I both live in Davis now, so we should all hang out. Send me an email sometime: My gmail address is craigrobertgilmore. —craiggilmore
2009-10-11 22:48:26 Why did you change the starbucks link on the target page to the woodland page? —NickSchmalenberger
2009-10-12 16:59:04 Thanks, that makes sense now. —NickSchmalenberger
2009-10-25 21:55:30 I think that was a exclamation of affirmation: You Da Forest Service! —JabberWokky
2009-10-26 10:29:28 About the 10/09 WikiBBQ, like any other Wiki activities, we're all editors. My impression is UCD "midterms" stretch from the second week of the quarter to the ninth, but if this date was "right before" them, you could have proposed a change. I'm not writing to criticize you and I appreciate that you made a comment. I'm just reminding us that we're all somewhat responsible for any shortcomings of the Wiki, and perhaps that extends to attempted social gatherings. —DougWalter
2009-10-28 18:44:50 I remember and know that if you had the time you'd be in there fighting the good fight. Thank you for all your good edits. —JasonAller
2010-02-22 12:56:26 thanks for the edit to dental questions page, that looks better. My wife took some GIS classes, she thought it was very interesting. —DagonJones
2010-06-01 16:05:00 Hey, Ryan... those maps you put on the OpenStreetMap entry don't appear to actually be from OpenStreetMap (i.e., the subject of the entry). Wouldn't they make more sense on the general Maps entry? —JabberWokky
2011-04-26 21:34:43 There is an $80/year web hosting option available on campus for departments that don't want to run their own servers. It includes several nice features and you get to use the campus Content Management System (CMS) for free as part of the deal. Have someone in Geology give me a call if they are interested in being pointed in that direction. —JasonAller
2011-04-26 21:59:29 And the CMS is pretty cool. —JabberWokky