Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: Mediocrity Watch,

    I guess they're they ones sucking up the native flowers?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediocrity Watch,

    Is there a bee conference somewhere? Or do I blame the dog?

    From what I've heard, the varroa mite is doing the damage, some kind of parasite. But nature and selective breeding may be fighting back. There has been work on picking out resistant bees (which somehow sterilize the mites) for selective breeding via insemination, a process that is also costly, but perhaps at some point it just becomes a super-survivor and nature takes over again? Either way, the dog is not to blame.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediocrity Watch,

    Well, the native flora would do just fine, seeing as how they mostly got along without bees before humans introduced them (honeybees and bumblebees, anyway.)

    Have they not been somewhat enhanced by having their pollen spread around more selectively? I'm asking, not telling.

    But a significant portion of our food crops and non-native flowers would be *screwed*.

    I gather hand-pollination is an expensive alternative. How fast could a decimated honeybee population potentially return? Aren't the queens basically bee-making machines, so capable of extremely rapid repopulation?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediocrity Watch,

    I'm in Auckland, and so far this summer it's been as you say, but in the last few days I've started seeing isolated honeybees, and then yesterday I saw about 4 on separate occasions. I felt like catching one and shaking it's hand.

    I haven't particularly noticed more bumblebees than usual. But they've been more conspicuous by virtue of being the only bees around. Just as well they are around too, I can only imagine what could happen to the flora of the country if there was nothing at all spreading pollen around, except for humans and wind.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mediocrity Watch,

    Apropos of cicadas, well ok not really, has anyone else noticed that bees seem to be coming back?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: There is no depression in…,

    , and I'm sure that's not healthy. Isn't slow and steady the better way to do it? I mean, I don't pretend to be any kind of healthy person or expert exerciser or anything, but it just looks so wrong and so dangerous.

    Generally, yes, it's wrong and dangerous. But there are specific training regimes that do it that way, which usually have other aims than health. They could be pure strength, for instance. Or specific sports exercises. Or amassing useless but still impressive muscle. All of those things appeal to guys. Having good posture, a balanced physique, good flexibility, strength in unusual and awkward ways, and a strong heart all achieved by lifting girly weights and dancing a lot, doesn't appeal so much.

    Personally, I'm with the chicks. I want to live longer and fuller, not harder and faster.

    if there's anything less conducive to erotic reverie than the stench of chlorine and cold, wet concrete I don't want to know.

    Funny, I'd have been thinking the bulky dude with his chop out was the buzz crusher. Chlorine and cold, wet concrete to me evokes images of women in swimsuits. I must think different to you, can't think how, though ;-0

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Safari 4 beta: seriously quick,

    AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) - applications like GMail and Google Docs that run various forms of editor and the like in the local browser.

    This wasn't really anticipated when Javascript was invented.

    I guess not, but still, I'm doing pretty much exactly what GMail does, using AJAX for my own mail server, and seriously, it still doesn't need to be that fat. Fat must just be back in fashion. I guess steadily rising hardware resources leaves a lot of fat to be soaked up by something, and why should Microsoft get it all?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: There is no depression in…,

    except that we are sold time in the commercial gym as an individual experience. Which is bullshit.

    I don't think most gyms make any secret of the fact it's a social experience. But they surely glamorize what kind of experience it will be. The salesperson is usually (in most of my experience) a bubbly, friendly, hot chick who is really into you, wants to find out all about you, right up until you've signed across a thousand bucks worth of ongoing fees, after which you'll never see them again, and it's you and the machines, the mirrors, and the other patrons. Or the spa pool if that's your bag.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: There is no depression in…,

    When I'm in the gym I'm trying not to eyeball anyone, corpulent or otherwise, in case it draws attention to the puny weights I'm lifting. Gone are the days when I go to the gym to impress random strangers, and suffer days of agony afterward. Finally, it's actually about health.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: There is no depression in…,

    Perhaps a sign saying "NO PO MO" then.

    Now THAT's a gym I'd sign up for.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

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