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    Re: Voice interactive colony inspection...

    Alejandro, the voice recognizer I use (Julius from Nagoya Institute of Technology) is able to recognize recorded speech as well as live speech. In theory you could just feed it your recording and it...
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    Re: Voice interactive colony inspection...

    Alejandro, apart from verifying that this works at remote apiaries using wifi to connect to a server and record information, I have made no further progress. I did however discover that a transmitter...
  3. Re: Record keeping: There's got to be a better way...

    Mike:

    Q1: I know almost nothing about apps, I'm an old PC fogey myself and while I do have a smartphone, it does not have a SIM card, I just use it with my home LAN. There may be something that...
  4. Re: Record keeping: There's got to be a better way...

    David, I played with a IVR system last year while on a voice recognition kick. It's doable, but there are many problems to be worked through. Here is an example of what I came up with:
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    Re: Spanish beehives?

    Agreed, except most of those I have seen would be rectangular holes designed to accept a vertical cylinder type skep. These circles are puzzling. In my copy of Mr. Root's Encyclopaedia there is a...
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    Spanish beehives?

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/59317086

    The above link shows a photo which is entitled "colmenas" and is of a location in Northern Spain. I wonder if anyone recognizes this as a method of keeping...
  7. Re: lots of dead hives; what do to with the frames...

    My sympathies. I am just west of you in Ontario, went into winter with eight solid colonies. By Jan three were gone (complete silence inside box). In the next month another three died, I now have one...
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    Top entrance propolis variation

    I run my 8 colonies with top and bottom entrances. Bottom entrance is normal full width of box, top entrance is a 2" slot cut in the inner cover on the underside which is intended for ventilation. A...
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    Cell size in top bar deep?

    I normally run all deeps full frame with plastic foundation. Good so far.
    I decided to try an experiment, give my busy hives a single top bar only from a broken complete frame, no bottom rail or...
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    Voice interactive colony inspection...

    Just thought I would share the result of a little experiment with open source software.

    I imagined myself inspecting the colonies in my apiary and taking notes, not with a pen and paper or a voice...
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    Re: Bee watering table

    I make sure to check the water level each day. Normally the water is right to the top of the green liner and will, when completely full and exactly flat flood small areas with a thin layer of water...
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    Bee watering table

    Last year I was dismayed to see some bees drown in my water barrels early in spring. I guess they were Aquarius bees, a bit long in the tooth and assigned to fetch water to dilute some honey reserves...
  13. Thread: How bees swim

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    How bees swim

    With the arrival of some cooler mornings my bees have taken to drinking water at my water barrels.
    Sometimes the drinkers wrestle with each other and some end up in the water. At first I was...
  14. Warm, calm bee hum from garden - lamb's quarters

    I heard an unusual bee hum from my garden, went to investigate and found thousands of my bees enthusiastically working the tiny flowers of lambs quarters for light yellow pollen. The weed has just...
  15. Re: Advantage of plastic foundation that I've found

    I think there also might be an advantage when it comes to mouse damage. Mice tend to want to bust holes in foundation to make enough room for a tennis ball sized nest. On plain wax it is easy for...
  16. Thread: Bee Spy camera

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    Re: Bee Spy camera

    Coincidentally I have been playing with this idea this morning.

    http://www.it4gh.com/beecam1.jpg

    Here's my setup:
    Colony is located about 150' from my house. Location has power but no wired...
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    Re: What to do with quantity of old wax

    Good thinking, everybody.

    Acebird: I see your idea, I don't have an appropriate box right now but will keep an eye out for such. Won't be in town for a bit yet.

    DeeAnna: Indeed, a sow's ear...
  18. Thread: Bees on Manure

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    Re: Bees on Manure

    It's quite common to see bees on compost/manure piles. I see them often during the season and when adding fresh material to the pile I have to disturb the bees first to get them out of the way before...
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    Re: What to do with quantity of old wax

    This stuff was broken directly out of old comb. Some of it was old dry foundation on which the bees never had time to build comb.

    Since heat rises and the thermom. was on top of the lid, it is...
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    Re: What to do with quantity of old wax

    Today's experiment #3 was to stack 3 passenger car tires vertically, put a big pot of comb inside with an oven thermometer on the lid, and cover the lot with a heavy double glazed layer of glass. It...
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    Re: What to do with quantity of old wax

    Thanks to all for suggestions, both serious and playful!

    Experiment #1: I read somewhere that a slow cooker would do the job, so I set up a slow cooker on the patio outside in full sun and loaded...
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    Re: Drones getting the Boot

    Maybe the ratio of drones to workers is a bit high and mamma has issued orders?
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    What to do with quantity of old wax

    I'm in the process of renovating some old wooden frames full of old black comb to new plastic foundation. The wood is good and the history is disease free so I might as well use them. Progress is...
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    Re: Bees round my chainsaw?

    Good suggestions guys. I was working on an ash tree, branch fell back in October when leaves were off so it has not had time to dry out yet. But there are no bees sniffing round the bar and chain,...
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    Bees round my chainsaw?

    It's a nice sunny day in Ontario and the warmth has finally brought out the bees in good numbers. Much earlier in the day (frosty temps) I was using my chainsaw to start on fuel wood. I set down the...
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