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What are you doing this weekend?

Even if you don't have any plans for the weekend, and just want to talk about how you are doing, this is a good place to do that too.

You can find last week's topic here.

So, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

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    blitz Link
    I'm going to be maintaining hiking trail in Colorado! It's my favorite summer activity. Working outdoor with a large group of similarly minded and motivated volunteers to help keep trails in good...

    I'm going to be maintaining hiking trail in Colorado! It's my favorite summer activity. Working outdoor with a large group of similarly minded and motivated volunteers to help keep trails in good condition or build new trail doesn't really feel like proper volunteering because it's so fun.

    The organization I work with is super well organized, too. They provide all the meals and the tools required. All I have to do is show up!

    8 votes
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      hungariantoast Link Parent
      That's super cool actually. It seems like it's a fun, rewarding, and healthy activity. It doesn't cost anything? Plus you get free meals?! Where do I sign up? Seriously though, what's actually...

      That's super cool actually. It seems like it's a fun, rewarding, and healthy activity. It doesn't cost anything? Plus you get free meals?! Where do I sign up?

      Seriously though, what's actually involved in the maintenance and creation of hiking trails? I've never looked into it, and I'm curious what it is you actually do?

      4 votes
      1. blitz Link Parent
        There's a lot of work that goes on in planning trail maintenance before the volunteers ever show up. The organization I work with is called Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). They work closely...

        There's a lot of work that goes on in planning trail maintenance before the volunteers ever show up. The organization I work with is called Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). They work closely with various land management agencies such as the Forest Service to identify which projects to allocate resources to in order to provide the greatest benefit to the area.

        Then technical advisors go and visit the site and make plans as to what exactly needs to get done. They mark out specific areas of work and they figure out what tools and how many people they need to complete the work.

        There is some other very important stuff, like meal planning and tool management that has to be done as well, and then the volunteers and crew leaders show up to actually do the work.

        The kind of work that I normally do is stuff like building new water management structures to help manage erosion on trails. We also will build rock steps for steep sections of trail and try to close off unsanctioned "social trail". Then there's general environmental stuff like removing invasive plants, clearing out old barbed wire fence that can be a danger to local wildlife, and even building new trail.

        Most states have programs for this kind of volunteering, but from what I've heard, VOC is one of the best organized.

        Here's a link to the project I'll be working on: https://www.voc.org/project/cotton-creek-trail-restoration-sangre-de-cristo-mountains

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    2. Cosmos Link Parent
      Thank you for doing this! The more I hike, the more I have realized how much work is involved in maintaining trails. It's a lot more than just picking up trash. You have to do serious work like...

      Thank you for doing this!

      The more I hike, the more I have realized how much work is involved in maintaining trails. It's a lot more than just picking up trash. You have to do serious work like cut up fallen trees that are blocking paths, manage erosion, put down walkways in areas that turn into mud pits, and much more!

      It makes it really obvious to tell the difference between a trail that has been neglected, and one that has a dedicated group of people (and money) keeping it maintained.

      2 votes
  2. somewaffles Link
    Going to Centralia the town that the Silent Hill games are based on. Was there a few years ago and it really isn't all that exciting since most of the houses were torn down. What is cool is the...

    Going to Centralia the town that the Silent Hill games are based on. Was there a few years ago and it really isn't all that exciting since most of the houses were torn down. What is cool is the graffiti highway which i missed last time I was there so thats exciting.

    Also going to be recording my bands newest EP which is always exciting. Our label surprise dropped all their artists yesterday and disbanded right before were about to go on tour next month so I've been scrambling to get in contact with the bands / venues to make sure we still have those dates and can just do it without the label.

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  3. hungariantoast Link
    This weekend I'll be studying for my architecture and math tests that I have to take Monday and Tuesday, as well as finishing up the last of this semester's homework. Then, after my tests are...

    This weekend I'll be studying for my architecture and math tests that I have to take Monday and Tuesday, as well as finishing up the last of this semester's homework. Then, after my tests are done, I can begin studying for the final exams I'll have to take in the first few days of July.

    After that, on July 8th, I start my second five week math class (which I'm thinking about dropping) and my writing class. Taking these two classes together, over the period of five weeks, is not going to be fun.

    If I have time, I might add a couple new features to the script I released on GitLab that posts topics to Tildes. Long term plans are to stop using Selenium and web automation though and write something nicer that just uses HTTP requests. Maybe I should just go ahead and start doing that instead of worrying about adding features to something that's going to get replaced anyways.

    Also, I was randomly given about a month's worth of premium time for EVE, which I haven't played in a long time, so I logged back in and started relearning the game. I seriously doubt I'll resubscribe, but I might as well take advantage of the free time I've been given.

    Other than that, I recently got a 512GB M.2SSD and I'd like to install it in my desktop and reinstall Arch onto it so I can start using Linux as my main OS on my desktop again, but I don't know if I'll get around to it this weekend.

    Speaking of things I might not get around to, I've barely touched OpenStreetMap recently and I doubt I will this weekend either, which is annoying. I'd like to accomplish a couple of editing tasks that I've started recently, but haven't finished. I doubt I will do much this weekend though. Maybe I'll just touch up a few spots here and there. However, I've been talking recently about starting a blog because I've got the itch to write about some things, and I'm pretty darn sure that the first real blog post I'll make is going to be about using data from OSM and other GIS services to build maps for video games, which is quite the rabbit hole. I still don't have a domain, hosting, or the tech picked out for the blog itself, so I need to get that done first. I'm starting to think my first post is just going to be hand written HTML though, because I'd rather just get some damn content out than fiddle with static site generators.

    2 votes
  4. Happy_Shredder Link
    I'm having a Yule feast today. Started cooking yesterday; naturally, there's more to do today. Lots of good, hearty, soul food.

    I'm having a Yule feast today. Started cooking yesterday; naturally, there's more to do today. Lots of good, hearty, soul food.

    1 vote