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Bees

Featured in a recent New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert’s Stung is about just that, bees. She begins:

Not long ago, I found myself sitting at the edge of a field with a bear and thirty or forty thousand very angry bees. The bear was there because of the bees. The bees were there because of me, and why I was there was a question I found myself unable to answer precisely.

launching into a lengthy and detailed thesis on nature and history of bees that is alternately fascinating …

Honeybees are the only animals besides humans known to have a representational language: they convey to one another the location of food by dancing.

… and unsettling…

Males, known as drones, perform no useful function except to mate. They are loutish and filthy, and the workers—sterile females—tolerate their presence for a few months a year, then systematically murder them.

ultimately focusing on the recent discovery of what is called ‘colony-collapse disorder’ in which commercial beekeepers were finding large percentages of hives 70% – 90% abandoned.

Such was the level of infection that van Engelsdorp and other researchers concluded that the bees’ immune systems had collapsed. It was as if an insect version of AIDS were sweeping through the hives.

I have only one bee story myself, from my childhood. It involves a water hose and a colony of bees living in the hollow tube of a clothesline frame in my backyard and it ended very badly.

Read: The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert, Stung

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BBC Radio 4, The 1933 U.S. Coup

Fascinating. Nothing I’d ever heard of before. Visit the BBC site and listen to the entire radio segment. Realplayer required.

Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing American businessmen. The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression. Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy.

BBC Radio 4: The Whitehouse Coup

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LOLcats are in your internets, making u….um, LOL

Since I spend the better part of my life staring at the internet – for work, actually, lest you think I’m even more pathetic than I actually am – I’m not always aware of what is and is not commonly knowledge among normals. I was reminded of this when I started talking about LOLcats the other day and saw that all-too-familiar look on my girlfriend’s face. After a miserable attempt at explaining the phenomenon, meme even, I turned to the internet and found more explanation than I can shake a stick at. Of course, you really have to experience it for yourself. Here’s the most succinct exposure to this I could find:

Read up – Anil Dash: Cats Can Has Grammar, Slate: You cannot resist lolcats, I can has cheezburger, Laughing Squid: Roll Your Own LOL, Not Just for Cats Anymore

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There are three of me

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There are:
3
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Funny, I know who the other two are too. I <3 the internets.

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From Russia With Love, BBC Documentary of Tetris

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The End of the Universe is in Houston, Texas

According to Lewis Black. The sad part is that I can think of two different places in Houston he might be talking about.

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Latte Art


Impressive.

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