EnviroDiy is amazing for discussing environmental monitoring – I live in N California and play in the water sensing and the Internet of Things paradigm – visualize it on the internet – so people in the watershed can discuss it.
Professionally I’m an electronics design engineer and enjoy playing with software, from Arduino to Beaglebone Black/PocketBeagle. Sometimes I need to do something zany and get myself into lots of trouble by designing my own hardware.
I professionally support the real work of scientists and hydrologists in local stream monitoring done by TNC.org /TU.org. I also serve in a volunteer role on my local towns planning commission.