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New Location for Mason Bee House

When I put together the bee house last week, I wasn’t 100% sure that I was doing everything correct. In particular, I wasn’t sure about the placement of the house. I knew that the homes are best kept out of the rain but other than that I didn’t like my placement. I managed to get in contact with Hartley via the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) and he graceiously offered me some advice. He suggested that the most important aspect of placement was that the house face east or southeast, such that it receives warming sun in the morning. Second most important was shelter from rain.

I thought about this but wasn’t sure I could really mount my particular house design on the wall of the garage facing east. Then I had the idea to use the bike tubes to secure it to the east fence in our backyard. So I drilled a couple of holes in the fence, perched the house on the top rail, and tied it all down to the fence. I think it will work pretty well. Here is a photo of the mount:

And in this photo you can sort of see the house on top of the fence against the garage. It’s facing east and also faces the apple trees across from it:

Made It Into Rick Mercer’s Photo Challenge

Whew, just when I thought that my sense of humour might not be making the grade I finally made it into Rick Mercer’s Photo Challenge. Photo #41/47.

Cutbacks to Scientific Research

Here is an article in the Globe And Mail that expands upon the post below this one. CAUT, a lobby group for university teachers and researchers, had a meeting with the Minister Of Science And Technology. CAUT was concerned that the government was cutting research funding in Canada, instead choosing to spend university funding on building and construction. It shouldn’t surprise us that the Conservatives are doing this, after all Harper did get rid of the National Science Advisor.

Ghost Jedis Are Tougher Than Sith

Barack and Stephen were recently spotted while they were busy fixing some galactic territorial disputes. But can they solve the Global Economic Slowdown?

Stephen Harper Meets Barack Obama

Stephen Harper Meets Barack Obama

Totally Cool New Photo Viewing!

I just learned about a new application/plugin that people can use for a real snazzy way to present photo galleries. It’s called Cooliris (formerly it was PicLens). Products like Cooliris are so cool that it’s frustrating to know that hardly anyone uses them. You have to check it.

So what does Cooliris do? It takes certains compatible websites and allows the user to view the website/media in a really slick and attractive interface. I think of it kind of like turning your boring browser screen into a cool iPhone type experience. Using it is very easy. Just browse to and click on the green download button. This will install Cooliris on the browser that you are using. If you use multiple browsers, such as internet explorer and Firefox, you need to repeat this download for each one. Once it is installed and you’ve restarted the browser, you’re ready to rock. You should see the blue/green Cooliris box on your browser now, like in the picture below.
Cooliris icon

Now all you have to do is browse to a website/webpage that is compatible with Cooliris. Here is a list of supported sites for Cooliris. You’ll see that it includes a lot of popular photo websites such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, Zooomr, etc. Next time you visit your friends pictures on line, check out Cooliris.

Check out our family photo album -> Browse to it, click the Cooliris button and have at ‘er!

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