Your Use of Social Media is a Form of Influence on Society

Sometimes I get the sense that the vast majority of users of social media sites, especially Facebook, don’t always act with full awareness or mindfulness of the potential influence that their choices in how to use Facebook have on the world.

By carefully choosing what you share, what you like and/or reshare, and even what you pay attention to and click through to, you can directly influence which ideas propagate through society, as well as which media outlets and website owners become wealthier and more powerful.

Think about this when you log onto any social media site.  Don’t just like something carelessly…think…do I want to spread this idea?  Do I want to support and endorse the owner of the website or page that this item is hosted on?  Remember that when you like and reshare items, you’re shaping the world in a small way—make your choice a conscious one, so that it works towards the goals you want for the world we live in.

Plant ID: Heck Freaking Yeah!

I get so excited when I learn to identify a new plant.  For example, recently I learned how to identify Sanicula canadensis, which is abundant near where I live.

I also get excited when I discover a native plant growing in my local area, that I already knew how to identify, but that I hadn’t yet found a local source of.  For example today I discovered some false sunflower, or Heliopsis helianthoides, growing near my new home.

Heck freaking yeah!!!

Your Brain Has A Better Autocorrect

Have you ever stopped to realize how much better your brain is at autocorrect, than your phone?

Personal Religious Beliefs vs Official Organizational Stances

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cazort:

I often hear statements like “Christians believe X.” but when I actually talk to Christians, I find that not all of them believe all of the “official” stances of their religion or denomination.

This video explores this, and I conclude by saying that because of this, I don’t like it when people make general statements like “Christians believe X.” and I prefer for people to either talk about their own personal beliefs, or reference official stances, like “Such-and-such religious organization has X in their official beliefs.”

Most of the people stating that Christians believe _____ are not actually christians themselves, and are usually antagonistic towards christianity.

I have definitely encountered these sorts of statements in the context of antagonism.  It becomes a strawman argument, which I think promotes misunderstanding.

I have heard people make statements like this though in other contexts, like in written descriptions of a religion…I think it still promotes misunderstanding when people make statements like this, even if they have more neutral or positive intentions.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (by Dendroica cerulea)

This is a beautiful illustration of flower-pollinator relationships…hummingbirds are often among the main pollinators of these red, tube-shaped flowers, stuff like Monarda didyma (pictured here), Cardinal flower, or Coral honeysuckle, all three of which are native to eastern N. America.

dendroica:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (by Dendroica cerulea)

This is a beautiful illustration of flower-pollinator relationships…hummingbirds are often among the main pollinators of these red, tube-shaped flowers, stuff like Monarda didyma (pictured here), Cardinal flower, or Coral honeysuckle, all three of which are native to eastern N. America.

Landscaping Is So Often Done Poorly: People Kill Plants Unnecessarily, But Ignore Immediate Safety Concerns

It makes me so sad to see how many resources in the US are put into killing plants that are totally unnecessary…landscapers or groundskeepers who use a weedwhacker or herbicides to kill off plants in a bed of mulch or gravel, that are just growing there, adding natural beauty and biodiversity, not doing anything to harm anyone.

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Personal Religious Beliefs vs Official Organizational Stances

I often hear statements like “Christians believe X.” but when I actually talk to Christians, I find that not all of them believe all of the “official” stances of their religion or denomination.

This video explores this, and I conclude by saying that because of this, I don’t like it when people make general statements like “Christians believe X.” and I prefer for people to either talk about their own personal beliefs, or reference official stances, like “Such-and-such religious organization has X in their official beliefs.”

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Have I correctly identified this as Acalypha rhomboidea, Rhomboid Mercury?cazort:


This is definitely a mercury (Acalypha sp.)…and I think it’s probably a correct species ID, Acalypha rhomboidea.  A tip-off is the serration of the leaves…it looks too deeply serrated to be Acalypha virginica.  I wouldn’t say 100% sure though because I’m still getting familiar with this.
Another tip-off is the length of the petioles (leaf stems).  Virginia mercury has shorter leaf stems relative to the leaf length.  But you can only really see this on the fully grown leaves…note the lower-most leaf in this pic has a long petiole.  This characteristic is most evident on larger plants with a lot of fully grown leaves.  The leaves at the top always have short petioles.

aspettante:

Have I correctly identified this as Acalypha rhomboidea, Rhomboid Mercury?

cazort:

This is definitely a mercury (Acalypha sp.)…and I think it’s probably a correct species ID, Acalypha rhomboidea.  A tip-off is the serration of the leaves…it looks too deeply serrated to be Acalypha virginica.  I wouldn’t say 100% sure though because I’m still getting familiar with this.

Another tip-off is the length of the petioles (leaf stems).  Virginia mercury has shorter leaf stems relative to the leaf length.  But you can only really see this on the fully grown leaves…note the lower-most leaf in this pic has a long petiole.  This characteristic is most evident on larger plants with a lot of fully grown leaves.  The leaves at the top always have short petioles.

My original photo of Acalypha plants, I think Acalypha virginica.  A.k.a. mercury or copperleaf.  Growing in a grassy lawn area of a floodplain, in Ralph Morgan Park, Cheltenham Township, PA.
I just published a page on Acalypha plants of Eastern North America, with tips on IDing the three major species.
This is a native plant that supports the local ecology; insects eat the leaves (you can see the insect damage in this photo) and the seeds are eaten by birds.

My original photo of Acalypha plants, I think Acalypha virginica.  A.k.a. mercury or copperleaf.  Growing in a grassy lawn area of a floodplain, in Ralph Morgan Park, Cheltenham Township, PA.

I just published a page on Acalypha plants of Eastern North America, with tips on IDing the three major species.

This is a native plant that supports the local ecology; insects eat the leaves (you can see the insect damage in this photo) and the seeds are eaten by birds.

Petition to DelDOT/SEPTA: Improve Train Service to Delaware

Remember that letter to the editor I wrote about improving SEPTA service into Delaware, to alleviate traffic following the I-495 bridge closure?  Looks like someone else has started a petition to that effect.

I encourage all Delaware and Philadelphia residents to sign this.  This will benefit anyone driving on the east coast I-95 corridor though…and if you have driven in DE recently, you will know I-95 has become beastly because of the I-495 closure.

Please reblog and encourage as many of your DE and Philly friends to sign this as possible.  It may even help to have other people sign the petition as well!  Thank you!