I hesitate to talk too much about myself, lest it turn into an interview. I tried to put a bit into the profile page but it limits you to 25 words or less -- I guess.
Started beekeeping in NYS in 1974. Went to Roger Morse at the Dyce Lab for advice. He said "get a job, kid". So I went to work for a beekeeper with over 2000 hives and no permanent help -- greenhorns only. 1975-1980 I worked at the Knorr Beeswax Factory near San Diego. I used to crank out 1000 lbs of beeswax foundation a day, plus sell bee supplies to folks from all over the SW. Met all the big shots and hundreds of sideliners, and beginners as well.
1981 joined the Peace Corps and went to Chile to teach beekeeping. Program was cancelled, however, and in 1982 worked in No. California for a very large package bee and queen outfit. Met Mike Johnston there. 1983-1990 had my own bees in So Cal, topped out at nearly 500 colonies. Annually sold about 40000 pounds honey and 4000 pounds bee pollen, plus a few thousand queen cells. Price of honey caved in 1990, I gave it all up and moved to NYS.
1999, back into bees. Worked at the Dyce Lab at Cornell for 7 years, did bee inspection for 3 years, now I am working in a lab that studies reproductive genomics (that's another story). Newly elected president of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club, published maybe a dozen articles in the American Bee Journal. I am putting the finishing touches on a series about honey bee communication via pheromones.
To be honest, I have known about Bee Source for a very long time but avoided it because of the shouting, and mind numbingly ignorant comments that sometimes appear. But several friends asked me to stop by and contribute my particular skew.
Very interested in concepts of Hive Mind, networks, and I most definitely agree that a hive does not resemble a digital computer at all. Computers are projections of human ideas about intelligence, but they are by no means accurate reflections of how intelligence really works -- in us, or in bee hives. Especially since nobody has even a remote clue how to quantify emotions and feelings, which not only rule human life but the life of bees as well. But that is a topic for another thread!