Hive #1 did not make it

At some point in the past week, the last bees inside Hive #1 - the hive whose original queen swarmed from last spring - the hive which then raised a new, weak queen - finally dwindled to nothing and basically froze to death. Here are the (dead) heroic last few…

Written on a Saturday

Will Hive #1 Make It?

Hive #1 - the one from which the Springtime swarm originated (And which I captured into Hive #3) - hasn't been the same since the original queen left. Activity in and out of the hive has always appeared "lazy" and the sheer number of bees active at any time is…

Written on a Monday

My Swarmed Bees

A week ago, my rather healthy one year old hive was obviously crowded. In the late evening, a good 20k of them would hang outside all night: Then, this past weekend, I decided it was time to relieve them of some of their honey stores. I cracked the hive open…

Written on a Monday

Pi Everything

I'm investigating the feasibility of migrating a multitude of virtual web hosted domains and associated mail server funtionality from EC2 instances ... and moving everything in-house on one or more Raspberry Pi servers with external USB hard drives. Being on the end of a residential DSL (though a good one -…

Written on a Monday

Hyper Car!

We are living in the golden age of hyper performance cars: multiple hundred thousand dollar automobiles capable of launching from 0-60 in sub seconds and having top speeds in excess of sanity. There is a positive correlation between the increased technological elitism of personal transportation and the increase of income…

Written on a Sunday

FarmBot

This morning, I discovered a a whitepaper for an interesting new project: FarmBot. The goal is an open-source hardware/software system that will enable the efficient management of crops, both small-scale, and large-scale. Rather than using traditional one management/one field approach, FarmBot is an "automated precision farming machine" which…

Written on a Thursday