Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Watched RocknRoller on my Netflix DVD two nights ago and in the previews was Body of Lies. What's interesting about this is that I watched Body of Lies and Netflix recommended RocknRoller earlier in the month. The movie studios must know how to pick them.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Diana and I took the day off to attend the American Apitherapy Society Conference. If you're wondering what apitherapy is? It's the medicinal use of products made by honeybees. This includes their venom as well, BVT (bee venom therapy).
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've got a lot of experience running direct response campaigns, but this banner running through Google Adsense caught me by surprise. I tried out the scroll bar to see what was up.
Was the creative size wrong for the placement?
Bingo, bango, I'm off to the advertiser's site.
Monday, November 23, 2009
With our family cabin counter tops hitting the 30 year mark and a replacement cook top leaving a dangerous six inch gap for food and cooking utensils to fall through - it was time to replace the counter tops.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It's Movember and my mustache is really starting to take on a life of it's own. Just this morning when I went to purchase a Diet Dew, it whispered buy TAB. My stache seems to to be from the seventies.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The weather is finally starting to turn cold and my hives still didn't feel heavy enough for their wintering. This past weekend I picked up 50 lbs of sugar at Sam's Club and made up some heavy 2:1 syrup to feed my six hives and one nuc.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
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This weekend I thumbed through a photo album from my bachelor party and came across a few pictures of the late Jon Alsop. When I searched to see if his memorial video was up on YouTube I found the audio was pulled due to copyright.
At least this video avoided any infringement.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Since my father is a prostate cancer survivor I thought it would be fitting for me to join the Movember movement.
This month I'm growth a mustache to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
Join me in growing your own or please donate.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I was pulling a few books from Amazon to recommend and noticed the page saying, "Upgrade this book for $2.29 more, and you can read, search, and annotate every page online"
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Today marked 21 days since I put the Formic Acid pads on a few of my Varroa infested hives, thus off they came. It's also starting to get cold and the hives need to be prepared for the winter.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
There are multiple colds running around the office right now, a few had taken people down for a few days. I thought I had escaped the scourge with my regular cleaning regimen.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
My first beehive has a serious infestation of Varroa mites, when I pull the screened bottom board tray I see hundreds of them. The mites are transmitting the deformed wing virus as I see the bees bouncing bees with deformed wings out of the hive.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This marks the second year the Johns Hopkins Second Decade Society has held their Interview Techniques and Etiquette Panel at the Homewood Campus.
Hiring the Best: Manager's Guide to Effective Interviewing and Recruiting: I found this book back when the first edition was out and it's been useful in my hiring ever since. It's covers great behavioral questions and it's from the hiring manager's perspective. If you want to be fully prepared for tough questions that will strain you preparation, read this book and prepare answers for all of the relevant questions.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This was the honey harvest weekend and it was a bad season. I harvested less honey than I did last year and that was the first year for that particular hive. I can only hope for a big year in 2010, with six strong hives; took some pictures below of the bees cleaning out the leftover honey in the extractor.
We also stopped by the annual fireman BBQ in Cedar Point Park. What an amazing spot, a public camp ground open to anyone. Definitely rediscovered the beauty here and will have to take some bike rides with Diana to explore.
Friday, September 11, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
I mentioned in a previous post that I had setup a queen castle with four frames, each containing a few queen cells. This weekend I re-examined the four compartments and sure enough there were queens and a three had eggs.
QC #1: Queen was moving and there were fresh eggs in the comb. I marked her green.
QC #2: Queen was moving and there were fresh eggs as well. Marked her green.
QC #3: Queen was moving, but no eggs. Tried to mark her, but no luck catching her. The lack of eggs has me worried.
QC #4: Queen was moving and there were fresh eggs. Marked her green.
Since it looks like Queen #3 might not be a winner, I removed the divider board between 3 & 4 and I'll let the bees sort out which queen lives. Since I have one marked green and the other not, I will soon find out.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday I was walking around the in-laws property and noticed a lot of bees flying around a section of the privet hedge.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Came out this Friday to find hive #4 covered in bees. Sure it was hot outside, but there was just an inordinate number of bees compared to all the other hives. Since I needed to refill the feeder I opened up the hive and sure enough I found over 8 sealed queen cells. (Below is a picture of an empty queen cell from earlier in the season.)
Perfect opportunity to try out my queen castle from Brushy Mountain. All four bays are now filled with a frame of brood and a queen cell or two along with a division feeder. Now I wait and in two-three weeks I should find four matted queen bees.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday marked 21 days from when I originally put in Pierco plastic drone comb frames into three of my hives. I pulled them and sure enough the swarm hive had built them out the frames in a normal fashion. I took a few pictures before I placed them in the freezer to kill off any drone brood and Varroa mites hiding out in those cells.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
While I was helping out with the Cole Haan gift bags, the event was rocking. There were a ton of people and everyone seemed to be having a great time. This year was bigger than last, can't imagine what next year will bring.
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Saturday, August 08, 2009
Great article in WSJ.com today - "Lawmakers' Global-Warming Trip Hit Tourist Hot Spots"
It's tough to calculate the travel bills racked up by members of Congress, but one thing's for sure: They use a lot of airplanes. In recent days, House of Representatives members allocated $550 million to upgrade the fleet of luxury Air Force jets used for trips like these -- even though the Defense Department says it doesn't need all the planes. - WSJ
Sunday, August 02, 2009
After swimming a few laps this afternoon I lounged out for a cold Red Bridge Beer.
More features I'd like to see the Kindle 2 offer (a follow-up to an earlier post on the Kindle 2):
Hardcover plus Kindle Version: My wife helps organize the Authors Night book fair in East Hampton. It would be great to get a signed copy of Bob Caro's book and get the electronic version to read it.
A real progression indicator: How close are you to finishing based on the book, not the appendices. I recently read The First Tycoon, and the book essentially ends at the 73% mark. I could feel the book winding down, but kept seeing the percent read not making sense.
Reading Stats: Word per minute, statistics on your reading consumption, your consumed word asset allocation (fiction, non-fiction, history, etc). Imagine Morningstar's X-Ray feature but applied to your reading.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
For some reason my blog post, How to use an air conditioner and not destroy your steel casement windows, was one of my most popular via SiteMeter.
I thought it might be helpful to go into a little more detail on the Plexiglas insert I built for the Sharp CV-P10MX portable air conditioner.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I just finished reading The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles, which was not a short read, but worth it. I was especially glad it was on my Kindle 2, versus a 736 page hardcover to lug during my commute into Grand Central Terminal every workday.
If you're a New Yorker, you need to read this book. It's amazing to read about the development of the rail roads and ferries in and around the city.
If you're a reader of business biographies, you need to read this book because Cornelius was the first tycoon. While it's hard to truly compare, he's probably the richest US citizen ever.
I clipped this quote from on Kindle 2 because it struck me as relevant to the Internet and housing bubbles we've just experienced. I guess we haven't learned much since Cornelius.
"I'll tell you what's the matter—people undertake to do about four times as much business as they can legitimately undertake.… There are a great many worthless railroads started in this country without any means to carry them through. Respectable banking houses in New York, so called, make themselves agents for sale of the bonds of the railroads in question and give a kind of moral guarantee of their genuineness. The bonds soon reach Europe and the markets of their commercial centres, from the character of the endorsers, are soon flooded with them.… When I have some money I buy railroad stock or something else, but I don't buy on credit. I pay for what I get. People who live too much on credit generally get brought up with a round turn in the long run. The Wall street averages ruin many a man there, and is like faro." - The First Tycoon (T.J. Stiles) - Highlight Loc. 12264-71
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I've read about the small hive beetle and their devastating effects on honey bee hives, but always assumed they were limited to the south. A few weeks ago I spotted a few in one of my new hives. I didn't see any of the larva, but the beetles scurried around until I smashed them with my hive tool. After researching my options, some of which included vegetable oil filled trays to trap them I found out that there are specific nematodes that attack the SHB.
This morning I applied Heterorhabditis indica nematodes purchased from Southeastern Insectaries in a watering can around my hives. It'll be interesting to see if they combat the SHB life cycle.
The actual nematodes come shipped in a Styrofoam cooler and they are suspended with that gel you put in flower pots to provide moisture storage. In the bag below there are about 5 million of the nematodes that specifically attack the SHB. I had some difficulty in actually counting them to make sure I wasn't ripped off.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
You might have an email address from college that isn't the most professional.
Maybe you couldn't get the address you wanted?
Maybe you just want to have your vanity address on all the email services?
You wouldn't want someone to impersonate your Yahoo address on AOL?
My old Yahoo account (10+ years old) is plagued with spam, lots of spam. The filter doesn't seem to work nearly as well as my Gmail or AOL account. Over the past few years I've been moving most of my friends and company registered email addresses off my Yahoo account simply for the reason I get between 4 and 10 SPAM emails a day. It's a waste of my time to clean out these unwanted emails. My iPhone is constantly dinging as get this SPAM. The other day I tried registering my normal email address on Yahoo and it was available, it was time to retire my old account.
Today I took my account out back and erased it.
Sure there is still some concern that I'll miss an email from someone, but with all the different social networking solutions I'm sure they'll find me again. Whether the Spammers will is a whole different story.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Steve Ballmer sat down with the WSJ for some short video segments on his management style. It's worth the 10 minutes to watch them all.
How to make decisions
Friday, June 12, 2009
I haven't seen my hives in two weeks so imagine the surprise when I checked them and on my way back to the house I see a swarm in a nearby tree! Normally you reverse your hive bodies to ensure the bees think they have plenty of space and they don't swarm. I guess I missed something.
Capturing the swarm is relatively easy, just climb a ladder and shake them into the box. Then dump the box of bees into a hive.
Photos to follow: