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briandmyers  ·  759 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

I'm fine. No offense to anyone here intended, it's a wonderful online community; but I made a deliberate decision a while back, to avoid hubski and a few other online reading sources that I was a little addicted to, in favour of re-claiming some of my free time for more deliberate reading (i.e real books), and listening to music. Some recent examples are The Expanse books, and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" (both recommended). As far as point two, sadly, I have not had bees for the last two seasons. I may install a swarm this Spring if one presents itself, though. Would be nice to have some girls around the house again. Thanks for asking :-)

briandmyers  ·  760 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

No, I'm not... :-)

briandmyers  ·  1195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, what sounds and smells color your life?

Who knows? It doesn't freeze here, so they do some foraging all winter, here. Colder places they only fly to collect water occaisionally in winter, and spend a lot more energy (honey) generating heat with physical activity.

briandmyers  ·  1195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, what sounds and smells color your life?

Yeah, they hunker down and don't forage as much. Also since they aren't as busy, they get grumpy faster. Best time to open a hive is a fine Spring day when they are busy as, well, bees :-)

briandmyers  ·  1195 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dear Hubski, what sounds and smells color your life?

Most will never experience it, but there's nothing quite like the smell of a healthy, busy beehive. Very complex and hard to describe, but extremely pleasant. Honey and beeswax and flowers and earth. It's mid-winter here but now I have a desire to crack the hive open anyway (it's unusual to open a hive in the winter).

briandmyers  ·  1228 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 178th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

And there's this as well : The Dr. Seuss version

briandmyers  ·  1230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is the search button broken ?

e.g. First result for 'hubski briandmyers search' is this :

briandmyers  ·  1230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is the search button broken ?

Just hubski plus whatever is usually enough.

briandmyers  ·  1230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'bl00s Reviews #9: "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving

I can't recommend "Dark Tower", frankly. "The Stand" was great, as I remember it, except for the deus-ex-machina ending, which seemed bolted on - but the story up to the ending made the game worth the candle. However, a much younger 'me' read that, so take it as you will. I have not read the extended version.

briandmyers  ·  1230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'bl00s Reviews #9: "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving

Your description of "It" reads a lot like how I'd describe his "Dark Tower" series - an enjoyable read (if you like King), but not very deep, and a little unsatisfying. I'm interested to see what the film looks like, though - I think it could translate well. I've heard they have lined up Idris Elba as the gunslinger.

briandmyers  ·  1230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'bl00s Reviews #9: "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving

As always, an enjoyable review - thanks.

I keep seeing references to 'IT' (admittedly, at least a couple from KB). It's been on my list for a while now, and probably the only King blockbuster I haven't read. I think I'll pick that up, when I finish what

I'm on now ("The Count of Monte Cristo" - one chapter in, and captivated).

Recently finished 'Blindsight' by Watts, which I believe was reviewed on hubski. Interesting ideas were explored, but the writing and the story didn't do it for me.

Also recent : "The Stranger" by Camus. Maybe I just didn't 'get it' but I was underwhelmed. At least it was short.

"Catcher in the Rye" by Salinger. Rubbish. At least it was short.

briandmyers  ·  1234 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Muhammad Ali has died, age 74

briandmyers  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hey hubski, post your whip

True story - a friend of mine used to have an MR2 and was involved with a local MR2 car club; so he had a bumper sticker on it, which displayed their web address : "mr2.org.nz".

My wife saw it and asked me "Why does he have a bumper sticker that says 'Mister Two Organs' ?"

briandmyers  ·  1236 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 1, 2016

Ah yes - the best Star Trek film of them all.

briandmyers  ·  1238 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

You are correct! From "The picture of Dorian Gray" (and it's 'lifelong passion', but I only know that because I googled it).

briandmyers  ·  1238 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hey hubski, post your whip

I know nothing about automatic transmissions, but I'm pretty sure in this case, it's nothing to do with Boolean algebra - he's saying it's Boolean in the sense of 1/0, on/off, yes/no - i.e. in contrast to fuzzy logic. Boolean logic yields ON or OFF only, whereas fuzzy logic can supply a range of values, which might be interpreted as "cold", or "near".

briandmyers  ·  1238 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 177th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread

Don't ask me why, but I kinda like this (it's a remake of an old Sun Ra piece - Rocket Number Nine).

[edit] And holy crap, only 18 views!]

briandmyers  ·  1239 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 177th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately" Thread
briandmyers  ·  1240 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Post an awesome music video thread.

briandmyers  ·  1240 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Which rock star will historians of the future remember?

Frank Zappa maybe. Smart guy, very prolific, very influential.

Those books look awesome.

'Cenotaph' is one of the words I'd never come across before moving to NZ; there's a prominent one at Auckland's war memorial museum.

Thanks for taking the time to share this, it made my day. Have a badge.

briandmyers  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm drunk and can't sleep

I suspect it's more a case of sobering up, and not sugar. The normal metabolism of ethanol does not appear to yield any sugars at any point (but I am not an expert).

There's quite a bit of evidence that suggests there's no such thing as a sugar rush in any case; but I know from experience that very few people will ever believe that.

briandmyers  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm drunk and can't sleep

Consumption of ethanol lowers blood sugar though - does not increase it.

briandmyers  ·  1245 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I'm drunk and can't sleep

Liqueurs often have a lot of sugar in them (schnapps etc), but spirits, wine and beer have nearly none. Maybe you're thinking of carbs?