Caver Resume

The table to the left and the chart below should generally be up-to-date. They are based on data aggregated from a spreadsheet I maintain on my caving activity. Within it I include date, who I was with, and links to external references like Flickr, or Facebook.

I provide this data publicly somehwat tongue-in-cheek. To us cavers, our "numbers" are an offhand way of assessing one's relative skill and knowledge within the commuity. Being the geek that I am, I thought it would be fun to aggregate my cave data, organize and analyze it, and present it in the way I do so many other projects I work on. Like so many things on my blog, this is primarily for my own amusement.

My caver CV can be found here.


Springtime Macro Fever

This time of year I get excited for the emergence of native wildflowers. I enjoy using iNaturalist to aid in documenting what I find, and I especially enjoy the technical aspects of macro photography (which I am admittedly not really great at). Here are a few photos that I've taken in the last few weeks that I thought others may enjoy.

Valerianella sp., Jackson County, Tennessee

Mertensia virginica, Jackson County, Tennessee 1

Stellaria sp., Jackson County, Tennessee

Erigeron sp., Jackson County, Tennessee


Fossils of Middle Tennessee

Syringopora fossil, Mississippian Monteagle Limestone, Blue Spring Cave, White County, Tennessee This is my attempt to organize PaleoDB data into a regional tool to improve fossil identification. If the Google Image Search doesn't produce fossil images, try adding the word "fossil" to the search. PaleoDB's data on Pennsylvanian strata is either woefully incomplete or difficult to locate. Some sources within suggest that the data is there, but I am unable to pull it for whatever reason.

If you find this tool useful, please let me know.


    Fossils Described in the Whitwell Shale


    Fossils Described in the Pennington Formation
    Fossils Described in the Bangor Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Hartselle Formation / Hartselle Sandstone
    Fossils Described in the Monteagle Limestone
    Fossils Described in the St. Louis Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Warsaw Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Fort Payne Formation


    Fossils Described in the Chattanooga Shale


    Fossils Described in the Catheys Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Leipers Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Cannon Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Bigby Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Hermitage Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Carters Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Lebanon Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Ridley Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Pierce Limestone
    Fossils Described in the Murfreesboro Limestone


Putnam County Crime Rate

Talent Hollow at Sunset, Green Mountain Rd, Putnam County, Tennessee

Putnam County, Tennessee is located approximately equidistant between Nashville and Knoxville along Interstate 40. It's the hub of the Upper Cumberland region. Due to misinformation being proliferated on social media, I am providing this public dataset in a digestible format.

Trends within the data show Tennessee Tech University (TTU) as having a very small per capita report crime rate, where Cookeville tends to have the highest crime rate. Small municipalities show broad variations in annual change, which is to be expected with smaller populations. Broadly, the crime rate has been decreasing for the last 20 years. The Tennessee line is a good broad estimate of what the larger regional trend is.

The strong drop in Cookeville and Putnam's crime rate at 2020 likely shows the effects of the Coronavirus.

The tables above show the data as it was provided from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's database, TIBRS.