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This question is from my new boss. Does anyone know of a book that contains commonly used terms for various decades and subjects? Like plumber terms from the 1950s or Financial terms from the 1980s? I'll win lots of bonus points if I can find it!

(BTW, I still *love* my new jobs.)
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I saw this on a beekeeping board. Let me know if you do attend, how it was.

Hi all, I think Monte Python put it best:

"Now for something completely different"

Follow the honey is a new honey specialty store in Harvard Square (right across Mass Ave from the university). We were part of their grand opening on National Honey Bee is a beautiful store, and the people involved are great.

Mary (the owner) asked me if I'd like to perform at the first "Cirque de Miel". Music has been on the backburner for us lately, but I've played a lot of crazy gigs (giant rave inside the brooklyn bridge for about 3000 kids, electro-acoustic ambient music in a cave in upstate NY, planetariums, psychedelic music festivals, pirate radio station in London, etc)....but this looks like it might be out there!

I'll be doing a (10min) "meditation on a swarm". I have a short audio loop of a swarm buzzing around Kirk Webster's house which I'll be working into some kind of ambient soundscape with synth and wind contoller (a synthesizer for a saxphone player instead of a piano player), and I'll project some footage of working with Dee's bees on me while I play (probably no screen so the video will be more like bee-themed abstract lighting than a video). Given the description of the other entertainment, I'm trying to get someone to dress up like a cigarette girl and give out tastes of honey (from Kirk's bees, where the swarm sound comes from, and from Dee's bees in the yard where the video was shot)..."taste-o-vision" (or "tastearound").

We have been working's nice to have a chance to play some music and go crazy

Doors open 7:30 Arrow Street to the beat of Bee Man Group [Soundscapers] leading us into mystic hive illuminated by local luminaries buzzing forth to draw out honeycomb; beekeeper synth weaver Dean Stiglitz "Meditation On A Swarm", Cambridge Populist Poet Toni Bee “honeylaced” words, Berkeley honed Mobtet jazz swinging horns ecstatic vocals honey ode, Soundscapers "To Feed or Not to Feed" bard & drum, playwright Debbie Weiss "The Beekeeper's Wife's Lament", golden modern dance moves of Harvard alum Catherine Musinsky, shapeshifter thesbian Wren Wross and more unexpected sweets from our community, all honeybee-centric, of course!

Cooking up a night of slightly naughty celestial and earthbound honey mayhem ~ Follow The Honey celebrates the opening of her local store presenting the first "Cirque de Miel".

Headlining our sticky night of nectar is "virgin queen ascendant" SEANNA SHARPE [notorious for her recent flight atop Williamsburg Bridge!] and Cambridge native, global "drone" composer extraordinaire, NATTI VOGEL, whose forthcoming record “Let Bloom” features first-ever dance remix of a polytonal art song, produced in collaboration with Balkan Beat Box’s DJ Joro-Boro.

“It’s not hard to imagine New Yorker Natti Vogel throwing your own overpriced cosmopolitan in your face from behind his piano. Vogel pairs his playfully menacing
cabaret melodies with plenty of fun and whimsy...yet, Vogel’s tunes also carry a romantic yearning to get away from all that stuff." - the Onion

"Chanson du Miel", nicknamed "Cannibal", is an ode to nectar, a serenade to the sweet and sticky. Seanna Sharpe is ready for the rumors; "It's a strange piece of choreography," she says of her collaboration with composer Natti Vogel. "It's sensual...shocking...sculptural...but above all, it is natural, a wild, animal exploration of tactile sensation and movement." The act includes Mexican (rope) cloud swing, flight, dancing bees, and a classical string quartet, all set to the sing-song musings of two cannibalistic rising stars. It is also a hail to hymenoptera, the virginally labeled lace-wings that include bees, wasps, and hornets. The complex social structure of the honeyed hive-mind has led scientists to label such assemblages superorganisms, bodies of bodies capable of communication through scent-sations, creative choreographies, and pheremonal promulgation. Like faeries, feral bees are virtually extinct in the United States.

When she flies, people forget everything they thought they knew about impossible." - The New York Times

$15 and on sale now at

Life Update

Sep. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm
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If you haven't heard it somewhere else, I am the owner of a brand new shiny job. Yay! On top of it being just under 20 minutes away (across the street from Martin's House of Cloth), having the perfect blend of things I used to like doing at the DOT and things I learned in school, the people are super nice. And my boss loves my work!

They have a ton of conference rooms in the building where I work. They have really odd room names, like Donali, Aleutian, and Moose. The other day my boss told me that a lot of the rooms were named after doctors. After that, I noticed that there's a Dolittle and Jekyll. But then, the moment I realized that this is the perfect place for me, if when I saw they had a Howard and a Fine room. I love this place!
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These are really interesting. First, an article about happiness, with some fascinating ideas:, now I have a name for when I just can't make one more decision, Decision Fatigue:
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Is there anywhere out there with VBA, Excel, and Database experience that would be interested in a full time telecommuting job?


Google +

Jul. 23rd, 2011 11:22 am
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Does anyone want a Google plus invite? Send me your GMail address and the first eight will get one.
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Once again, I must ask for access to your set of collective knowledge. My Google-fu has failed me on this subject. We have some VBA code that connects to an online MySQL database. It takes data from a table and put it in a recordset. The recordset then gets looped through to add each record to a dictionary object (which is a hash table in VBA). The code works great and takes one tenth of a second.

But, when we connect to a SQL Server database, while the connecting and putting data into the recordset takes less than one second, the looping process takes about ten seconds! We're talking about only 170 records, all the fields are varchars, and there's nothing odd about the data in the table. There's nothing odd about the looping, we're just using objRec.MoveNext.

Does anyone have *any* ideas as to why this should be?

Thank you in advance!
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Originally posted by [info]kythryne at internet powers, activate!
Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast.

We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child. She's presently being represented by a public defender [edit: I may have the terminology wrong here, my understanding is that her lawyer was assigned to her rather than being someone she chose] who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday.

If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser.

I can be reached at if you have any leads or want to help.

The internet can work miracles. Let's go.


Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:03 pm
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This seems to be a really interesting site. What a great way to encourage local talent!
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Does anyone know of a place where one can buy a cheap electrical fence to be used as three sides of a 10' square?

Context: I am now a bee owner! And there have been bears spotted on our road.
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This looks interesting, plus Abney Park is playing there, plus it's being held at a hotel with an indoor water park.

The water park:
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Does anyone know anyone who needs a place in New York City? An old schoolmate of mine is looking to sublet: Fully furnished Soho NYC sublet available cheap from end of May till end of July. Closet space, too. Email at rk (put an at symbol here) japanamericabook (and put a dot here) com
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