5 must-see documentaries about Honey bees

not finding these compelling …… I had first searched up some papers in Cell that said colony collapse disorder is a myth. So, some weird interviewees saying that pesticides “came from war”. WTF, logic?


We noticed there was not enough quality Apiculture resource banks on the net. The lack of awareness around Colony Collapse Disorder and the plight of the honey bee is startling. Here’s our list of 5 of the best honey bee documentaries we found out there. Hope everybody enjoys watching them as much as we did, do feel free to leave comments.

More than Honey (2012) by Markus Imhoof

rated 7.6/10 on ImDb

This documentary focuses on the relationship between honeybees and small family beekeepers as well as commercial beekeepers from Australia, China, Switzerland and America. A beautiful film featuring stunning close ups of bees in their natural element. This documentary gives you a lenseye perspective of life in a honey bee colony.


Queen of the Sun: what are the bees telling us? (2010) by Taggart Siegel

rated 7.6/10 on ImDb

Perhaps one of the most unconventional documentaries on honeybees…

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The TL;DR; Guide to PostgreSQL Functions

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I’ve spent many hours becoming (more or less) proficient in the ceremony around PostgreSQL functions;  hours that hopefully you won’t have to spend after reading this! Here is a one minute list.

  1. Functions and Stored Procedures are all “Functions” in PostgreSQL, so don’t waste time searching for syntax related to “stored procedures” in the PostgreSQL manual.
  2. Use the opening phrase “create or replace function …” so that you can quickly reload the code while debugging.
  3. A function name may be schema qualified (eg- “my_schema.my_function”).  If it is not schema qualified, it will go into the public schema.
  4. The argument is in parentheses and is a comma separated list of names and simple PostgreSQL types like int, text, or varchar.
  5. I usually prefix a “p_” to all my parameter names to make the following code more readable.  You should too; you’ll thank me later.
  6. PostgreSQL can overload functions by method signature…

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“Work-Life Balance” or “Work-Life Harmony”?

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einstein True Genius.

I spied this masterpiece on LinkedIn:  Jeff Bezos’ Work Life Harmony.  From the article:

It seems everyone is seeking work-life balance these days, and many leaders have preached its importance.

Ah yes,  “Work-life balance”, that shopworn cliche of corporate newspeak…

But not Jeff Bezos. The Amazon CEO and the world’s richest person lives by a different concept. In fact, he called the term “work-life balance” “debilitating”…

What?  A leading tech entrepreneur going against accepted beliefs?  What is Jeff Bezos going to disrupt next?  Wait for it…

“I think work-life harmony is a good framework,” Bezos told Thrive Global. “I prefer the word ‘harmony’ to the word ‘balance’ because balance tends to imply a strict tradeoff.”

Wow.  It is a mark of true genius to be able to demonstrate that the one true way is only a single word different from the debilitating habits of the…

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13 Things to Give Up If You Want To Be Successful

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“Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don’t need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them.”

sphinx The Sphinx (aka “Captain Conundrum”)

Found this week on LinkedIn: 13 Things to Give Up If You Want To Be Successful.  In order to really become successful don’t you have add something, like you know, success? But how can you argue with Cade Remington, pictured at the link lounging in his own personal mountain swimming hole with his eyes closed, fingers creeping after a bottle of beer?  “Use the force, Cade!”  Let’s take a closer look at this advice for people who haven’t made it yet.

Give Up On The Unhealthy Lifestyle

Eating healthy and getting in shape is always good advice, but what does it have to do with having a successful career?  Unless we’re moving the goalposts and declaring…

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The Hater’s Guide to Bad Career Advice

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Every year around Christmas time, I look forward to reading the Hater’s Guide to the Williams Sonoma Catalog which sends up some of the most ridiculous and ridiculously expensive items for sale anywhere on the planet.  In the same vein, the Hater’s Guide to Bad Career Advice highlights some of the most stupid career advice found on the internet.   After reading through reams of bad career advice, and I have read plenty over the years, some common themes stand out.

The Genius

True Genius.

A true genius has insights that other people miss completely.  For example, it took Einstein to see how Lorenz transformations and algebraic topology added up to Special and General Relativity.  Bad career advice given by “The Genius” likewise takes some piece of common sense advice and adds an unexpected twist that supposedly has never been contemplated before.  More often than not the “twist” is completely stupid…

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Breaking boundaries

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Breaking boundaries

As well as the PCC, last week I was at a conference at the University of Sussex entitled Breaking Boundaries between Analysis, Geometry and Topology. With a title like that, how could I resist?

There were some lovely and wide-ranging talks. Here is a whistle-stop tour.

David Edmunds made some “Remarks on Approximation Numbers”. These numbers, for maps on Banach spaces, turned out to be a kind of generalisation of eigenvalues in the positive self-adjoint case, so interesting even if I don’t expect to have an immediate use for them myself. He remarked at one point that nuclear operators are sometimes called “operators of trace class”, even though they may not actually have a trace!

David Applebaum talked about “Generalised spherical functions on groups and symmetric spaces”. This was a blend of harmonic analysis and probability theory, bringing in, among other things, the Lvy?Khintchine formula for the Fourier transform…

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Linear algebra is one of my favourite areas of mathematics. Its a simplification but you could say that the things that mathematics does well are small numbers and straight lines. The rest is just clever ideas to covert other things into those. As the mathematics of straight lines and flat surfaces, the importance of linear algebra should be clear. Its techniques are also very fast when done on a computer, allowing live motion in video games. This lead to every computer having a GPU, essentially a special chip for linear algebra.

Within linear algebra a central object is the linear transformation (that can be encoded as matrices) and the subspaces it preserves given by the eigenvectors. This gives some powerful tools to break linear transformations into pieces that can be studied more easily. As well as eigenvectors, however, linear transformations that do not…

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Just for fun: map as ‘higher-order function’ in bash

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Defined recursively, of course:

map () { 
  if [ $# -le 1 ]; then 
    local f=$1 
    local x=$2 
    shift 2 
    local xs=$@ 

    $f $x 

    map "$f" $xs 

I’m not going to explain everything, but note the ‘local’ commands to keep everything in function scope (to prevent strange bugs) and the quotes around $f in the recursive call to prevent a ‘function call’ of multiple words from being split.

Now you can do some completely nonsensical things, for which you really don’t need map, such as:

$ map touch aap noot mies

But also slightly more useful things such as

$ map "echo foo" aap noot mies 
foo aap 
foo noot 
foo mies 

$ map "echo file:" `ls` 
file: aap 
file: noot 
file: mies

To open up some more possibilities, I also defined a ‘rota’ function, with rotates the arguments of a command such that…

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Senator Sanders’s Proposed Policies and Economic Growth by Christina Romer and David Romer

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An Open Letter from Past CEA Chairs to Senator Sanders and Professor Gerald Friedman


Dear Senator Sanders and Professor Gerald Friedman,

We are former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. For many years, we have worked to make the Democratic Party the party of evidence-based economic policy. When Republicans have proposed large tax cuts for the wealthy and asserted that those tax cuts would pay for themselves, for example, we have shown that the economic facts do not support these fantastical claims. We have applied the same rigor to proposals by Democrats, and worked to ensure that forecasts of the effects of proposed economic policies, from investment in infrastructure, to education and training, to health care reforms, are grounded in economic evidence.  Largely as a result of efforts like these, the Democratic party has rightfully earned a reputation for responsibly estimating the effects of economic policies.

We are concerned to see the Sanders campaign citing extreme…

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