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This site is NOT a Twitter release program so make sure you read this post and follow the instructions that Twitter give you.
Assuming you are suspended because of the disruptive “reply trap”, there is only ONE way to become unsuspended, and you must follow the rules.
Writing to @DickC will not help
Writing to @Twitter will not help
Writing to @Support will not help
Conducting a “please release me” campaign will not help
Adding your name to #Twittergulag will not release you
Just because your name appars in my list does not mean your claim is being processed. Follow Twitter instructions
Suspension means that your account is not able to send or receive new tweets from your friends. Your followers and frieds lists disappear, and all you will see is the public timeline. You CAN still log on and administer your account such as change password, change AVI etc.
Follow these steps:
As soon as you discover you are suspended, log on through the Twitter web page (not TweetDeck, Hootsuite etc).
When you click on “Connect, you should see a message saying that you are suspended.
The message will give you a link to go to to find out what to do next. Click the link
Twitter will inform you that you have been suspended for one of a number of reasons. It will tell you that you can appeal the suspension and offers you a link.
Go to the link, choose a subject, and add your text. Keep it simple. Just say “please release me, I have not broken your TOS and I wish to appeal”.
You must sign the form using the EXACT same name as you use on your account – not the @twitterhandle, the name.
If you have completed the form properly you will see a notice saying that you will receive an email.
Check for this email, and when your receive it, REPLY TO IT. This is most important. If you do not reply, Twitter will assume the case is closed and your case will drop leaving you suspended forever.
You will not receive a reply to this email. However, while you are logged on to Twitter you can check that it has been received by going to https://twitter.zendesk.com/requests - your case should be listed there.
All you can do now is wait. If you really are a spammer then you may never get released. If you have been fooled by “reply trap” then the unsuspension should take 4-5 days. Meanwhile, open another Twitter account to keep going.
October 28th, 2012 | Category: Stringballs | Comments are closed
Got a call from a friend of ours late Sunday afternoon. “I think we have a swarm of bees on a stone in our garden”. On a stone? That’s odd; they normally hang in trees after they’ve swarmed. But all things may happen. I asked if she could send a picture and sure enough, they were indeed honey bees and it was a stone.
This is the photo. It looks like a big pile of bees but in fact it’s a small pile completely covering a large stone (about 12″ long by 6″ high).
A family member had suggested turning the hose on them; this was discouraged, thankfully. The comment at the time was “how fast do you think you can run” but in truth turning a hose on a small swarm of homeless honey bees would have caused a minor flutter and a lot of sorry dead bees.
We drove out, getting there just as the light was failing. The problem was this: how do I get the bees off the rock and into a hive box, in the dark. The answer? I don’t do anything at all. Like any good leader the bees themselves know what to do: I just provide the tools for them to do it.
I took a photo but in the bad light it’s tricky to see. What I did was take an empty hive box and, using wood props to level it, place it on the ground so that it enclosed the bee rock. The bottom was left open, but inside the hive body I then put a few empty frames: two medium and two deep. I placed them as close to the bees as I could.
The theory was that with a swarmed colony looking for a home, I would let them know they had found that home and build it around them. By providing frames close to the rock, I hoped they’d start to move off the rock for the waxy familiarity of the frames. By providing a favorable environment I as sure they wouldn’t then try to move elsewhere.
The lower box shot shows the frames in place. Even the camera flags doesn’t really work well.
The other factors here were the weather and my schedule. Forecast called for rain all day Monday. This could have an either/or effect: either the bees wouldn’t have moved off the rock and they’d get chilled by the rain, OR they would have moved to safety but kept in the box and unable to leave. I hoped for the latter, because I wasn’t going to be able to return until Tuesday morning.
Monday’s synopsis: it rained, the bees moved off the rock, all was well. Tuesday morning we showed up an 6am – before they’d really started flying – picked up the box and placed it on a closed bottom surface in the back of the car. No Bee Left Behind. Perfect. We took them home where, for reasons including the weather and a yacking wren nesting close by, I couldn’t make a thorough inspection to see what we’d got. I made sure they had some sugar feed and let them get on with it.
Fast forward to Friday and finally I was able to get them to a suitable location and take a look.
The first question anybody should ask when hiving a swarm is: is there a queen”? The photo shows a lot of bees. Can you see what I see?
Yup. We have a queen. The lower photo shows just the circle around the queen so she’s easier to see on the frame. Good stuff. And there appeared to be a fair number of bees as well. Not as many as a commercial package but enough to be going on with. I may supplement the numbers with bees from another hive.
So bees appeared out of nowhere and joined our apiary. It’s that time of year and the beekeeper must be a chances and grab such opportunities. God, the weather, Bayer and my own clumsy hand may take a hive from me just as swiftly so I’ll take it when it’s offered.
These bees are now in their hive on an excellent piece of land, facing east to catch the hot new day, and adjacent to a to-be-grown treatment-free cornfield and a wildflower meadow – in addition to the flourishing flora of semi-rural SW Rhode Island.
Today I moved two of my hives out of their winter shelter in the backyard and up to their summer garden area.
The winter shelter just uses a freestanding summer deck and tarps to protect the exposed areas of the hive. With protection from above, I have been able to pop the lids regularly. Two of these hives were low on food in November but all seem to have made it so far (7 March)
You don’t see many semi’s hauling bees in New England but neither do you see a car. This is our ’92 Honda Civic with 300k on the clock and still getting 50+mpg. I dropped the back seats and made a chipboard removable flatbed. Fitted out like this is serves as out bee mobile all summer. One hive is in.
The key factor for success here is preventing the bees from getting out of the hive and filling the inside of the car. These hive boxes aren’t specifically made for transportation so I’ve sealed up the entrances and any ventilation holes with hardware cloth, and strapped the lids down securely. I have in the past made a mistake with this and it is somewhat un-nerving to find the car slowly filling up with curious bees …
Beautiful day for a drive. Left at about 6.45am
OK here we go. I’d prepared this yesterday – whacking the weeds, leveling the 4×4′s etc
With both hives, what I’ll do is take the strapping off, unseal the holes and the entrance, and let them fly. Additionally, I want to take the hives apart and check each frame as this is the first real look I’ve had this year. I’ve watched the hives, obviously; enough to see numbers increasing and lots of activity. But I want to eyeball the queen and check there is brood in the right places. I also have an extra box of empty frames for each hive as I suspect that they’ll be ready for expansion.
One down. I’ve also adapted the front entrance so it can hold a quart feeder bottle without the bottle falling to the ground.
Two done/ It’s taken about 90 minutes.
Now they just have to scope out the hood to get their new location fix.
(Not that hood, stupid).
I gave them sugar syrup to settle them in, but they won’t take long to find local food. Dandelions are everywhere and bees love them. I was astonished at a “green” ad yesterday on tv. Promoting the importance of “green” and showing a couple killing their wildflowers (“weeds”) with a Bayer poison. Myopic, and stupid. I have no patience for it. Here’s the ad: www.bayeradvanced.com/lawn-care/products/natria-grass-weed-killer
Done. We’ll see how they make out in their summer home.
April 30th, 2012 | Tags: Bees | Category: Stringballs | Comments are closed
Thirty years ago I played in a band called Moira and The Mice. We were a Cardiff band formed 1979 and amongst other things credited with opening up many South Wales venues to bands playing original material. Feat; Moira Thomas [Moira Mouse] (voc,gtr,harm), Brenda Davis (b.vocs and Mousette dancing), Debbie Debris (b.voc and Mousette dancing), Rob Brazier (gtr), Lewis Mottram (bass), Mike Southern (drms). Debbie left in 1980 and was replaced by Linda Jane Holmes. Linda left in 1981 to become an actress inBritish TV’s Coronation Street and Emmerdale Farm, amongst other things. She, in turn, was replaced by Hilary Wyman. Lewis also left in 1980 and was replaced by Andy Gibbon from Cwmbran. The songs, written by Moira and Rob, were invariably 3 minute gems. We released two singles, “Sight And Sound/Gimme Pleasure” (1980) (a fave of John Peel at the time) and the “Hysterical Outbursts” EP in 1981, both on the band’s own Rodent Records. The latter featured “Hysteria” and the extraordinary “Heart Like A Whore”, both live faves and still well remembered by the Cardiff gig-going public of the time. The few cover versions inc “Mony Mony” and the showstopping “Leader Of The Pack”, which many people remember featured a motorbike on stage. There never was a bike, but the memory is not surprising really, considering the noise we could generate in tiny places like the Lions Den and the old Chapter Bar. When we announced that we were to split in Summer 1982, a sequence of storming gigs culminated in a sell-out show at the Cardiff Top Rank in July. The size of their following shows how unique we were in South Wales at that time.
Many of the best were never recorded, although a few live tapes remain. I have digitized those tapes and present them on YouTube. Note that the visuals are not thirty years old. I’ve dubbed them on from various clips just to get them to upload on Facebook, which doesn’t accept audio-only.
A little taste of my one history showing it was possible to have fun even before the Mac and the PC were born
Sight and Sound. October 1980 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
Give me Pleasure. October 1980 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
Hysteria. June 1981 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
Heart Like a Whore. June 1981 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
War Games. June 1981 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
Play for Time. June 1981 (Broadway Studios, Cardiff)
We Know Who We Are. November 1981
Judgement Day. November 1981
Scream In Silence. December 1981 (Casablanca Club, Cardiff)
Want You To Be My Baby. December 1981 (Casablanca Club, Cardiff)
Respect. December 1981 (Casablanca Club, Cardiff)
April 1st, 2012 | Category: Stringballs | Comments are closed
Another warm and pleasant day. We keep on repeating that the weather can turn nasty even until end of April but so far the mild winter has been a relief. Bees are out. A lot of bees are out. Of the four hives in the backyard I’ll soon have to decide where to put them for the year but right now it’s good to see them flying.
There’s a few sources of food around the place but I am supplementing their dinner plates with a bit of pollen pattie and some sugary fondant. We have a honeysuckle out front with new flowers budding; it’s covered with bees as they hoover the pollen off it. That shrub is going to go wild this year as it’s now well and truly pollinated. Also got a few primroses – here seen with an obliging bee doing it’s thing.
Another curious source of food seems to be this wheelbarrow. Just around Christmas I started to dig out a culvert next to the driveway in order to build an organized set of steps to replace the somewhat flimsy stone steps we’ve had for years. They looked OK but weren’t that easy to walk on. I got as far as the weather would let me and in doing so had a small collection of plants I wanted to put back when I’d completed the work. Some of those plants are in this barrow along with a bunch of old leaves and a chuck of 4×4 scrap.
There’s something about whatever is in those leaves. Minerals and moisture of some kind, I guess. Whatever it is, a particular clump of old rotting leaves is attracting a LOT of bee attention. Funny creatures.
Been discussing the supposed Einstein quote on the BEE-L list recently. Apparently the quote – which reflects on the demise of man 4 years after the last honey bee dies – is a fabrication. Einstein had no interest in honey bees and there was – is – no basis in fact for the statement. However, that doesn’t reduce the vital part that the honey bee plays as a pollinator in the food agricultural system. Pollination is critical, whether it’s via a natural pollinator, performed by hand, or by agrochemical methods. So despite not having Einstein at your back, don’t forget the honey bees’ contribution as you start your spring weekend warrior tasks. Forget the Roundup and weed killers. Leave the dandelions until they’ve flowered then whack them down. Honey bees love all the wild things we call weeds.
The email forum is active at http://oceanstatebees.com/forum – I’m just not sure how flexible it is. If some of you want to try and and give me feedback you are more than welcome. So far it seems to have attracted a lot of spamming accounts. I may end up using Yahoo Groups instead. Opinions are welcome.
A short photo- and dialogue of where New England spring bees come from, why we need them and how I manage the trip logistics.
We need imported bees to replenish stocks, replace losses and provide for new beekeepers. It is not uncommon to experience 50% or more losses over winter and there are various innocent reasons for this – weather, lack of food, some bad hive management or just bad luck. The losses are compounded by concerns such as pesticide kills, food quality – or lack of natural food. The recent extra stresses on honeybees have also meant that replenishing stocks are not as easy, cheap or available. The business of bringing new bees into the region should be one that’s efficiently planned and organised to the benefit of competing beekeepers, local associations and hobbyist beekeepers. Alas, it’s not. Many trips are made by competing organisations
On a very small scale, we have tried various methods of overwintering bees to try and dispense with the need to collect each spring. This method places the hives in an unheated greenhouse. The hive entrance is adapted to hold a 2″ pipe
The pipe is pushed out through a hole made in the greenhouse sidewall. Placing the hives in a greenhouse is not for warmth but for accessibility and to reduce exposure to the bitterest of weather conditions
This is a “backyard beekeeper” approach because it does not adapt well to scale; greenhouse size is a restriction as well as the effort required to move hives. However, using this method we are able to check the bees more often, give them feed throughout winter if needed, and especially start with pollen patty in January when the queen starts laying
This is a similar method in my backyard, using a freestanding summer deck and tarps to protect the exposed areas of the hive. With protection from above, I have been able to pop the lids regularly. Two of these hives were low on food in November but all seem to have made it so far (7 March)
We get our new bees from Georgia, which is usually 6-8 weeks ahead of us in terms of weather.
These hives are in the immediate vicinity of the warehouse but the apiary usually has between 30-40,000 colonies
The bees we pick up are collected from the field that day. They are shaken from the field hives into these transport packages.
Back in the loading warehouse, a can of food syrup is added (seen here at the other end when we are installing the colony)
The queen is also added to the package. She, along with some worker “nurse” bees is placed in this little wooden box with some food, and foxed to the inside of the package box
We collect in vans.
And pickups, with trailers. We don’t often see 18-wheelers coming into the North East with bees
One way of doing the collection run is to drive down (two days), stay overnight (in the Oak Dales Motel on Rte 1), wait all day for the load, then drive home. The drive home is usually a clear run – or at least with minimum breaks every couple of hours
My preferred method is to get a one-way flight to Atlanta, stay overnight at the airport then pickup a rental truck for the journey home. The airline/hotel vs gas price is comparable, and the effort is much less
The type of truck doesn’t matter, but it must be able to ventilate. Either a walkthrough with hinged rear doors, or a box truck with roller door is ok, but the walkthrough bust have A/C otherwise the bees will overheat. I drive the box truck with the door open, using just a tarp if there’s a lot of road spray
As the packages come in from the field to have the syrup and queen added, they are stacked up in clusters of ten. Only when the required number of packs are available will loading begin
The packs are loaded very carefully so there is adequate spacing between them, and between the first row and the bulkhead. They are also only loaded to a maximum height. Ventilation is crucial; honeybees generate a lot of heat and will have more difficulty keeping cool than they will warming up
Big fans blow into the van as we load. And on this van, with an opaque perspex roof, buckets of ice are also use liberally to cool the box environment
The packages are braced in place using 1.5″ battens staplegunned to the package boxes
The battens are wedged against the side of the truck to prevent lateral movement, and attached to each other in multiple directions
This load was about 400 packages. They’re battened up securely – they’ll never drop off the back of the truck. The single batten hanging vertically on the left side is actually nailed into place, jamming the roller door open
The route is about 1100 miles depending on the actual apiary. We’re never released from the apiary much before 5-5.30. This is so that we drive the first half of the journey at night when it’s cooler. By sunup I’ve usually made it to Richmond VA, finally arriving home about 24 hours after leaving
Click here to see more pictures from The road from Savannah in 2009. This was one trip where we drove there and back instead of taking the plane. Most of these pictures are taken on the way down.
Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again.
Kirk’s success was no fluke, either. His style of command demonstrates a keen understanding of leadership and how to maintain a team that succeeds time and time again, regardless of the dangers faced. Here are five of the key leadership lessons that you can take away from Captain Kirk as you pilot your own organization into unknown futures.
Todays Nasty Sunday Gripe is Cox’s email spam filters. That’s the filters provided when you use Cox as ISP and they give you a certain number of email accounts.
It’s a gripe because I have been writing to them for years about the lousy service but response time seems to be comparable to evolution of the dinosaur.
The filter *sounds* like a good idea; it intercepts your incoming email, looks at the headers and content, and assesses whether it is spam or not.
That introduces problem #1. Whatever they are using to make that judgement isn’t working. In fact at least 50% of it’s assessments are incorrect and/or inconsistent. I find group emails from LinkedIn marked as spam one day, and not marked as spam the next day. My own emails to myself (as tests) are sometimes marked as spam.
Problem #2 is about choice. Customer choice – or lack of it. Their email configuration offers only two choices:
1) would I like to dump the so-called spam email into a junk folder online, or
2) would I like them marked as “– SPAM” in the subject line and delivered.
This makes the extremely arrogant assumption that their filters are working correctly and that I would want to use their webmail interface.
I have to choose option #2 because *I* want to see what I am being sent and make my own decisions. However, now I get a load of email with amended subject lines – which confuses my own sorting filters and periodically crashes Outlook 2011 (Mac). That’s another Gripe Story.
The whole issue would go away if Cox provided a simple User Preference: “Do I want Cox To Help Me Decide What Is Spam”. If I say no, then LEAVE IT ALONE! If I say yes, *then* they can offer further choices about how that help may be delivered.
It’s a major frustration to see a barrage of advertising material claiming how much a company (Cox, in this case) “cares” about its customer when functional evidence such as this shows a completely contrary situation. It’s almost as if Cox only really cares about making sure I pay my bill on time. How could that be. Silly of me to think so.
And, naturally, all us customers are shielded from any kind of satisfaction by the interface known as the Customer Support Center, into which issues are sent but never return as solutions.
If I were me, employing myself to deliver this kind of service, I’d give myself a low “Needs Improvement” and suggest an alternative career.
14 March, Gripe cranked up again, since Cox have never responded to my first complaint of 3/4. As documented:
“I submitted a complaint on 4th March and have not received a reply. The complaint reference is KMM9691357V718xxxxxxx
The complaint concerned your terrible spam filters, which I am requesting that you remove as a mandatory choice and convert to a user choice.
Between 2/22 and 3/14 your system has flagged 99 emails of mine as “– SPAM”. Of these, over fifty were simply sales emails from various sites I have visited, and 19 were emails requested by me from professional associations and groups I belong to. This is completely unacceptable. Any professional enterprise-level system should not be allowed to generate a 30%+ failure rate with no means of user control or intervention.”
March 4th, 2012 | Category: Stringballs | Comments are closed