tel jetson

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since May 17, 2007

zone 7? 8?: woodland, washington and portland, oregon. grower, builder, beekeeper, engineer.
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haven't tried it myself, but a friend has. she said brood tastes good, like coconut.

I don't know that I would go so far as to call brood, even drone brood, a free resource, though. the colony does expend a fair amount of metabolic energy raising brood, and removing it is a fairly invasive undertaking. if a person was going to remove the brood anyway, then eating it seems like a great idea.

my friend also said that bears raid hives for the brood, not the honey. I haven't confirmed that independently.
2 weeks ago
you could easily get away with just a veil. tuck your trousers into your socks. tape your sleeves to some dish gloves.

or, you could skip the protection altogether. as a point of reference, I only started wearing a veil when I found out that I'm allergic to honey bee stings. that was after five years of beekeeping*. avoiding actions that make the bees perceive you as a threat is much easier to do if you get immediate feedback...

* from the beginning, I wore a veil when I was cutting colonies out of walls, etc.
1 month ago
I've heard good things about Tetradium daniellii. invasive ivies are reliable around here (on the other side of the continent).
1 month ago
the great dictator

(no apocalypse, but good all the same)
5 months ago
those monorails in the Moselle video are all over rural Shikoku, too. probably elsewhere in Japan as well, but that's where I've seen them.
7 months ago

Riley Walker wrote:I haven't had a chance to read your link yet, but I'll definitely add it to my bee reading list - I appreciate it!

here's the abstract, which might be all you really need to read:

When humans switched from hunting honeybee colonies living scattered in the wild to keeping them in hives crowded in apiaries, they may have greatly increased disease transmission between colonies. The effects of clustering colonies were studied. Two groups of 12 colonies, with hives crowded or dispersed, were established in a common environment and left untreated for mites. Drones made many homing errors in the crowded group, but not in the dispersed group. In early summer, in both groups, the colonies that did not swarm developed high mite counts, but the colonies that swarmed maintained low mite counts. In late summer, in the crowded group but not in the dispersed group, the colonies that swarmed also developed high mite counts. All colonies with high mite counts in late summer died over winter; all colonies with low mite counts in late summer survived over winter. Evidently, swarming can reduce a colony’s mite load, but when colonies are crowded in apiaries, this mite-load reduction is erased as mites are spread through drifting and robbing.

8 months ago
congratulations. moving forward, I would suggest dispersing the hives a bit more if you're able. check out this paper:
8 months ago
for something like a truck that might not get a lot of miles, I think going older can make a lot of sense if you like wrenching. I've got an '86 diesel F250 that I really like. needs some expensive front end work that I'm not equipped to do, but I can do a lot of the maintenance and handy friends can help me with some of what I can't do on my own.

don't clean your carburetor in the kitchen, though. solvents partition to fats/lipids really well, which there are plenty of in a typical kitchen. then you eat those and the solvents partition well to the fats in your body. no good. at this point in my life, I think my frontal lobe has finally grown in and I wear a respirator for any work that involves anything volatile. (I know you said "rebuild", not "clean". just a friendly PSA from a chemical-phobe.)
8 months ago

Zee Swartz wrote:
4) I understand it, end wood drinks moisture like a sailor.  (But any moisture, not just rum)  Can it still qualify for high traffic use with children (and their cups, toys, water balloons, potty training (just keepin it real) etc.) if it's sealed with something serious?  If so, any suggestions? Again, the maker of the above floor said, "I finished the floor with three coats of an oil based finish."  If not, (or really even if so) would just cut pieces of lumber (same thickness, as in 2x's) laid flat like tile work better??  Cuz I have access to lots of random stuff like that from conventional building sites (waste can be beautiful.)

the reason for using wood on end is that it is very durable and resists abrasion in that orientation. that is also the orientation of greatest compressive strength. it does indeed absorb a lot of moisture, but that can be used to your advantage: so long as your sealant is thin enough it will also be absorbed readily through the end grain.

5) The Hand Sculpted House also mentions what I call "cookies" or rounds cut from roundwood (p 254) (thus-ly: ).  Dude.  We have so. much. cedar.  It's dry, cured, the works.  Could I use that?  Would YOU?  What steps would YOU take to make it a successful choice?

cedar is really soft. some friends of mine have a nice yellow cedar plank flooring. it's so soft that I swear I can feel it give under bare feet. it was already pretty beat up after just a couple of years, but still looks nice.

cedar also splits really easily. if you wanted to use it for end grain flooring, it might have to be really thick to prevent it from splitting into tiny bits. as I understand it, these floors are generally much more durable when they are thicker regardless of the wood used. I would expect a thick floor of end grain cedar to wear unevenly, but it could be really nice. you would probably have to build one and use it for years to know for sure. you could also build a small prototype and put it somewhere you'll walk over it a lot.

tangentially related: check out Nicolson pavement and wood block pavement. folks used to make roads out of wood blocks stood on end. turns out there are some good reasons not to do that, but maybe those problems could be solved.
9 months ago
what's a permaculture approach to the arrival of zebra and quagga mussels in new bodies of water? they do a real number on freshwater ecosystems and built environments. they exacerbate harmful algal blooms by selecting for Microcystis aeruginosa.

they can also increase the clarity of water, which increases the amount of light penetrating the water column in turn increasing the number of epiphytes and the depth at which they can live. that can be good or bad, depending on the situation and one's perspective.

they're probably edible, but they tend to concentrate pollutants. they're also small enough that it would be an awful lot of work to make a meal. plenty of critters eat them, but further concentration of toxins is still an issue for critters.

what do you think?
10 months ago