Popularity has it's price, that price is $3 per gig over your quota, (YMMV) those words have brought fear and dread to more than one web user over my support career. Yes if you host a 1 meg file, and link to it from your home page, it will blow thru your quota if you become popular, so from this side of the help desk, here goes, "How to share your PDF's, have analytics, and spend $0 on hosting"
1) login to your gmail account, then click on documents top left,
2) click the Upload button, Select the files you want to upload, and click open
3) Navigate to the new file and click on Share > Sharing Settings > Change
4) Set to "Public on the web" and click Save.
5) Copy the link for IM or email and use that as the HREF for the link on your site.
Has many more uses than just sharing a paper airplane.
What is Not Measured, Is Not Managed,
Make sure to add your Google analytics info to docs so you can know when you go viral!
1) Google Docs > Settings > Editing > Document Tracking, add your UA# and click save.
2) Contact your web host and have them 301 redirect the old pdf to the new Google Docs link.
You are now free to spend your cash on other things.
Hello Butterfly Friends,
We have exciting news… it appears the Monarchs are returning to SC State Beach! On Nov. 5th we spotted about 100 Monarchs nectaring in about 10 different Eucalyptus trees (mostly the silver dollar gum species) and today we went back, mid-morning to early afternoon to observe and photograph probably 200 or so at the park, some were in the trees nearest the location of the milkweed we planted, mostly nectaring; others were spread in a fewer number of trees, both the gum variety and the other narrow leaf standard.
We found many small groups (6-11 butterflies) clustering in the shadier branches by early afternoon, clearly conserving energy! Interestingly, they were inhabiting a large grove of Euc trees near the park road and the exact location of the Monarch Trail/Migration sign. Someone must have known what they were doing there, as the Monarchs knew to return primarily to the central spot! Once a large RV drove by quickly and I watched them all flutter from that grouping, revealing just how many there were that I could not see or photograph! There was also a great number in a (huge) Silver Dollar Euc. tree that is further south in the park, closer to state park administration on a meadow/field. These were nectaring too. Some of the sky pictures are of the Monarchs nectaring at the highest points of this tree.
Here is the link to my public web album from today: http://picasaweb.google.com/spookington/SCStateBeachMonarchsNov112010
As you see from the pictures, I also witnessed egg laying in the front bed by the guard station that we just recently amended and re-seeded. I saw 4 mated pairs of Monarchs flying too. Clearly some are still not ready for diapause and Concordia (next door) has milkweed still so we may not be looking at the 4th generation of Monarchs just yet, or at least the locals may not feel they are the last, but there are definitely some who are ready for their winter rest. We saw an amazing number of male Monarchs in the groupings, and they were not aggressive with each other as they can be in our gardens. Very interesting!
I am sure I speak for everyone involved in helping to restore this area as a pollinator habitat and overwintering site, it has been well worth all the effort. I look forward to more excitement to come!
Would anyone have experience with doing a butterfly count as they do for NABA? I haven’t been on one but bet we could set a date for Thanksgiving Week to have one at the park. Whether it is an official count or unofficial, doesn’t so much matter. Is anyone interested? It’s been just my family doing the observations, but it would be great to do something in teams and spread out to assess the numbers by the end of November.
kethington AT cox Dot net>
Junior Gardener Program Chair
San Clemente Garden Club
Learning Through Nature Program
Concordia Elementary School