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Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple -- Barry Switzer
The weather is warming up again, and will be above freezing during the days. That will be a nice change. I'm looking forward to Spring.
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I decided to go to Vancouver and made an outgoing flight reservation and car rental.
Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. High 1. Tonight: A few clouds. Low minus 7. Friday: Sunny. High 6. Saturday: Sunny. Low minus 7. High 7. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 5. High zero. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 16. High minus 6. Normals: High: -1°C Low: -13°C
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it -- George Orwell
I see there are new Windows Updates and a new Zone Alarm version, too. More info...
I went to the meeting, and found it was well attended. Nixons have a good place for it, and Medhat put on a good show. Heather Mattila was the featured speaker, and she did a great job of explaining her research on bee nutrition.
As with any such work, a presentation only hits the high points, and the actual work and data behind the graphs is not easily understood. Research is messy: bees swarm, hives die, accidents happen, diseases and mites and other confounding factors have to be understood and the effects somehow nulled out. I think research may be likened to making wieners. Pretty much everyone appreciates the result, but only those who have seen them made are really aware what is in them.
There are always some assumptions underlying any research, and always a lot of interpretation and sorting that comes into the process of making the messy raw data into the tidy-looking graphs we see on the screen. We asked some pretty tough questions, and Heather dealt with them well. She emphasized that she was dealing with only several years data, from one location, and that other regions and years may be different.
I will be interested in seeing how she progresses, since I am not entirely convinced by some of her reasoning so far, but very much impressed by her hard work and thoroughness. We are very fortunate to have someone like Heather working on this important topic, and hope we all support her work, and that of her professor, Gard Otis.
Meijers and I stopped to look at some of their hives on the way home, then I stopped in town for some odds and ends, and met them at our home for supper.
Today: Sunny with cloudy
periods. High 7. Tonight: Clear. Low minus 9. Saturday: Sunny. High plus
4. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 4. High plus 4. Monday: A
mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 17. High minus 6. Tuesday: Sunny. Low
minus 16. High minus 5. Normals: High: -1°C Low: -13°C
There are 11 kinds of people in the world: those
the understand binary number system, and those who do not The car was driving well, and the roads were
good, so, on a whim, I phoned Air Canada and cancelled my flight -- it turned
out I suffered only a small penalty -- then cancelled
my Vancouver car reservation. Twelve hours, and 660 miles later, according to my GPS
and map, I was in in the Arbutus Club in Vancouver, having supper with Ron,
Joan, and Graham. Was that a smart decision? I really don't know.
By the time my plane was scheduled to take off, I was already past Banff. By the time
(I assume) it touched down in Vancouver, I was at Field. By the time I
would have had my car rental, I was in the Rogers Pass. Nonetheless, it
was a long drive, and it is obvious to me that flying is much safer, and much
more relaxed than driving two-lane mountain roads, even in a luxury car.
There are 11 kinds of people in the world: those the understand binary number system, and those who do not
The car was driving well, and the roads were good, so, on a whim, I phoned Air Canada and cancelled my flight -- it turned out I suffered only a small penalty -- then cancelled my Vancouver car reservation. Twelve hours, and 660 miles later, according to my GPS and map, I was in in the Arbutus Club in Vancouver, having supper with Ron, Joan, and Graham.
Was that a smart decision? I really don't know. By the time my plane was scheduled to take off, I was already past Banff. By the time (I assume) it touched down in Vancouver, I was at Field. By the time I would have had my car rental, I was in the Rogers Pass. Nonetheless, it was a long drive, and it is obvious to me that flying is much safer, and much more relaxed than driving two-lane mountain roads, even in a luxury car.
> Have you been keeping up with
the Editorial battles of the SBA and Mr.
No, I have not been aware of it, or even of a Sask commission being set up.
As for Alberta, I should have thought COI would be considered in the boilerplate legislation that the government uses for setting up new commissions. Maybe not, but potential self-dealing, formation of cliques, and wastage or misdirection of funds has been a concern, and the cause for going slow, and for proactively consulting with all groups, all the way.
We have had lots of emphasis this time on openness and accountability, etc.. Moreover, beekeepers' contributions are refundable -- a money back guarantee! The vote was just held recently, and I have not heard the result.
In reality, though, those with the hives, and the interest, do make the decisions, and rightly so. We have seen, in the CHC, where the opposite has been the case, and the organisation has been, and continues to be, a rolling disaster.
Also, there is conflict of interest, and then there is conflict of interest. In Alberta, we have a very different culture. We want and expect others who think differently from ourselves to do well, and try to help them do so, sometimes at a cost to ourselves. For the most part -- touch wood -- we refuse to use legislation or public money to impede others in their ambitions, or to provide barriers to entry, even when we, ourselves might gain a small, temporary benefit. We understand that our competitors and industry newcomers are a potential source of novel approaches and assistance, and regard them as a resource, rather than taking the narrow view that they somehow deprive us of what should be ours. We do not see life as a zero-sum game. We also understand that legislation and regulation can only limit, control and distribute existing wealth, not create new wealth. Therefore we regulate with extreme caution.
In Alberta, we -- most of us -- want growth and competition in our industry, and we try to be statesmanlike in our politics. That's not to say this could not change in a heartbeat. It only takes one or two bad apples to spoil the barrel. A decade or two ago, I used to go to the Sask meetings to get away from what I perceived to be elitist attitudes and self-dealing in Alberta.
Today: A mix of sun and cloud. High 10. Tonight: Cloudy periods. Low minus 9. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 1. Monday: Sunny. Low minus 10. High zero. Tuesday: Sunny. Low minus 8. High zero. Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 9. High plus 3.
By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up -- Eve Babitz
I arrived at the boat show around eleven, and stayed until about six, then returned to Ron's for supper.
Today: Flurries. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 1. Tonight: Cloudy periods. 60 percent chance of flurries this evening. Low minus 14. Monday: Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming north 20 km/h in the afternoon. High minus 8. Tuesday: Sunny. Low minus 11. High minus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 8. High plus 2. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 10. High plus 1.
If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity -- Bill Vaughan
At the pollination meeting the other day, Terry showed me his version of the oxalic vaporizer in operation, and, seeing as my camera had run its battery down again (Grrrr), he agreed to send me some pictures. They arrived today, by email. Here is a front view, and a back view off Terry's prototype.
Seems we are coming along fast in efforts to perfect the idea. First, Cor came up with his version, then others built improved copies, usually less bulky and elaborate, then Terry built his compact, but technically advanced unit, out of stainless steel, with multiple temperature controls and a fan speed control.
His unit melts enough acid crystal for quite a number of hives in a preheat chamber in advance of use, and meters the proper amount of the liquid acid into a temperature controlled evaporation chamber on demand, for each cycle. When activated, the machine dispenses a measured amount of fumes through a manifold to two parallel smoke tubes that are inserted into two side-by-side hives. His unit does not seem to suffer from the clogging that others have, since most of the tubing is insulated, and thus temperatures are maintained at optimum for each stage. He also has a speed control on the fan, so what I saw was a nice, smooth plume of acid fumes, emitted at moderate speed, not a cloud of dust -- or sudden burst of hot fumes coming out with great force.
Allen's Link of the Day:
We've discussed here, previously, the danger of decomposing the acid with excess heat , and I have observed some machines vigorously blowing out acid dust rather than, or along with, oxalic fumes. This machine should overcome those concerns. Hopefully, a refined production model using Terry's innovations will be rolling off the production line soon. Stay tuned.
I see that the Indiana group (see the Hoosier Buzz Newsletter) are very concerned about getting Small Hive Beetles (SHB) in package bees from the South. I wonder how real a concern this is. Indiana is a fair ways north; perhaps the beetles will not thrive there or be only a minor nuisance. I wonder how much inconvenience and expense is justified in the interest of slowing their inevitable spread.
I notice, over and over, how often irreconcilable conflicts arise between the views of hobbyists and sideliners and commercial beekeepers. The differences in outlook are fundamental and reflect a very different purpose in beekeeping. The former group tends to be somewhat idealistic and romantic in outlook, and less dependant on the income from beekeeping, whereas the latter group tends to be pragmatic, and focussed on the bottom line. The sideliner/hobbyist typically is willing to forgo opportunities to protect the status quo, and avoid pests, but the commercial beekeeper is willing to take risks or accept diseases and pests if they are manageable and a necessary result of buying and selling, pollinating, migrating, or other necessary and profit-producing activities.
I've been in both positions at various times in my life, so can relate to both outlooks quite easily. I doubt that one is more 'right' than the other, but my current opinion is that the needs of those who make a living and provide livings for others must necessarily take precedence over those who are amateurs, idealists or dilettantes, no matter how talented, vocal or committed. Having said that, though, I think that wherever possible win/win or compromise solutions should be sought and that both groups should avoid trampling the desires of others.
Some in Canada have been worried about SHB arriving here, but most of us, after study and consultation, have concluded that SHB would not thrive here and, at worst, be an occasional nuisance to the occasional sloppy operator.
I've also concluded, after talking and observing, that the concern in Canada about Africanized bees (AHB) is also vastly unrealistic. AHB have been transported here and there all over North America, including Canada, but they simply have not been a problem. Therefore no one has suspected or identified them as such, except in exceptional circumstances. I find it curious that pretty well everyone who cares to know, knows about this. For some reason, however, our authorities pretend that is not the case and that the spread of AHB would be a disaster. Go figure.
I'm writing this on a The Queen of Nanaimo, bound for Salt Spring Island.
(Later) I arrived on Salt Spring, and found Bruce at home. We visited a bit, went downtown for a snack, then visited a friend for a while.
Today: Flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Periods of snow beginning this afternoon. High minus 2. Tonight: Periods of snow ending near midnight then cloudy periods. Amount 2 to 5 cm. Low minus 15. Tuesday: Sunny. High minus 3. Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 9. High plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. Low minus 10. High plus 2. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 12. High minus 1.
The word 'meaningful' when used today is nearly always meaningless -- Paul Johnson
I'm still on Salt Spring. I slept 12 hours last night. Haven't done that for a while.
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive -- John Sladek
I slept 11 hours last night. Bruce was a way, so I had the place to myself, and got back to work on the curriculum, doing the editing for the upcoming meeting.
Bruce returned and we went for a burger at the Harbour House. I had the 'Big Fat Pat' and it was good, but nothing could be as good as my memory of the previous occasion.
Today: Sunny. High 1. Tonight: A few clouds. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h late this evening. Low minus 11. Thursday: Sunny. Wind becoming north 20 km/h late in the morning. High minus 4. Friday: Sunny. Low minus 19. High minus 7. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 17. High minus 3. Sunday: Sunny. Low minus 16. High minus 6.
Your money does not cause my poverty. Refusal to believe this is at the bottom of most bad economic thinking -- P. J. O'Rourke
Allen's Link of the Day:
Well I only slept 9-1/2 hours, and got to work first thing.
I'm heading back to the mainland today. I had plans to visit some beekeepers on this trip, but am running out of time. I have quite a bit of work to do, and a drive -- or flight -- back to Alberta before Tuesday.
Okay. How did I decide it was Tuesday? My meeting is Thursday, and I have been worrying that I am out of time. I just found two more whole days.
Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High zero. Tonight: A few clouds. Low minus 18. Friday: Sunny. High minus 2. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 18. High minus 7. Sunday: Sunny. Low minus 14. High minus 7. Monday: Sunny. Low minus 13. High zero.
It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear -- Dick Cavett
Mydoom.AO uses so-called 'social engineering' to try to trick users, as the email messages it spreads in appear to be mail delivery error messages, these include: Message could not be delivered, Mail System Error - Returned Mail, or Delivery reports about your e-mail.
The message text itself is also variable. One example is: Your message (was not|could not be) delivered because the destination (computer|server) was (not|un)reachable within the allowed queue period. The amount of time a message is queued before it is returned depends on local configuration parameters (the text in brackets is variable).
The name of the attached file that actually contains the worm is chosen at random and has one of the following extensions: ZIP, COM, SCR, EXE, PIF, BAT or CMD.
I'm at Ron's again. The weather is beautiful and sunny.
I worked all day at the curriculum and got some sent away. We all went to the Club again for supper.
Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. High minus 2. Tonight: Cloudy periods. Low minus 14. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 5. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12. High minus 5. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 14. High minus 3. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 10. High minus 2.
People experiencing long periods of relative stability are prone to excess. We must thus remain vigilant against complacency -- Alan Greenspan
Another day of curriculum correction. Weather is beautiful, and we took a walk. After supper we all went to see 'Sideways'.
I talked to Jean and Chris. Seems they bought a new house. New is the word. It won't be built until July.
Today: Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 6. Tonight: Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries early this evening. Clearing overnight. Low minus 12. Sunday: Sunny. High minus 4. Monday: Sunny. Low minus 15. High minus 4. Tuesday: Sunny. Low minus 12. High zero. Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 10. High minus 1.
"If I make a
living off it, that's great -- but I come from a culture where you're valued
not so much by what you acquire but by what you give away,"
-- Larry Wall (the inventor of Perl)
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