Different Castes Of Termites
Termites are like ants, but they make their nests in other materials. (They most stereotypically live in wood but they can make nests in other materials.) Like ants, termites take different forms and are predestined to do the job they will do for the rest of their lives.
The above image is of a queen.
TeleCommand Clarifications & Announcements
I’ve gotten a lot of questions and a lot of feedback on TeleCommand lately. I’m super excited to hear it all from you guys! So, thank you very much!
Anyways, when I was making TeleCommand for the PS Vita, I had the idea that I would be releasing a trio of programs: TeleCommand would handle custom commands and controlling things remotely over the internet… I wanted to eventually make two other programs that would allow the users to control their PC in different ways over local area networks or even Bluetooth. Well, I’m officially announcing TeleGamer and TeleControl. TeleGamer is going to allow the user to use the PS Vita or Android phone as a wireless gamepad that will include custom settings and keymapping. TeleControl would act as a wireless keyboard, mouse, drawpad, and a few special features that are included in TeleCommand. Here’s a chart to basically show the differences between each program:
Each would require standalone programs to communicate with your PC, but I’m also announcing that the TeleCommand Receiver will now be called TeleReceiver, which will handle the simultanious communication of all three of the programs. (TeleCommand, TeleGamer & TeleControl) It will handle the settings and properties but will also have automatic updates to ensure the highest quality of security and to make sure that you guys have all the features at your disposal. It will also include the TeleCommand, TeleControl, and TeleGamer installation information, meaning that you can just use one single program to install all three once you obtain a pre-release download key.
TeleGamer and TeleControl are currently in the midst of being programmed, so expect them soon! Thanks for your patience, feedback, requests, and general awesomeness! Of course, if you have any questions, requests, or feedback, you can always e-mail me at email@example.com or send me a tweet on Twitter at @crait .
PS: I think I’m going to integrate TeleReceiver into Scallop for those of you that are keeping up with it.
This is a story that I wrote about my first chicken named Kermit… I love and miss him…
Kermit’s egg was plopped out of a mommy chicken and then put into an incubator. At a certain time, the egg was injected with dye that permanently dyed his baby feathers green.
He hatched at some fuzzy time. Not exactly sure the when.
He probably was put out to be sold at some chicken hatchery or feed store or maybe on the streets of Mexico.
Then, he was purchased by two parents looking for a great Easter gift for their children.
They purchased Kermit and another chicken that would later be named Megatron. Megatron was purple and probably a boy chicken.
On Easter or one of the days in that area, Kermit and Megatron were presented to their children.
The children quickly were bored with the lovely presents and decided to get rid of them after a few weeks passed.
One of the children decided to give the birds to her biology teacher who was also my biology teacher at the time. His name is Mr. Nobles.
She knew he’d find someone who would care for them.
One of the first days he had them, he showed them to the class and we were all impressed.
He asked who wanted them and my friend Jared and I both wanted them. He wanted the green and I wanted the purple so I took my phone out in the middle of the class and called my mother. She said yes, that I could have it, to my surprise!!!
The chicks did not have names so I named my chicken-to-be Megatron!
It was a Friday and we were going out of town so my teacher said he’d care for both of the chicks until Monday so I can get him and actually care for him.
Unfortunately, when I returned, Megatron had been slaughtered by my teacher’s hunting dog and the remaining chicken was the green one. Mr. Nobles said that Jared couldn’t have a chicken and I could have the remaining green one who he named Kermit.
So I took him to my classes and everyone saw and it was great!!
After school, we had track and field practice, but I didn’t want to practice because I was too excited about my chicken so I got him out and we were finding cool things to eat in the grass. I throw discus so we were in a grassy area.
It was sooo cool! He followed me around and ate soo many bumble bees and he was only a few weeks old!!!
Anyways, I took him home and carried him around constantly. We would look under rocks for bugs and he’d eat anything I’d give him! He’d sleep in my arms and couldn’t stand being without me!
I had found a real friend and so did he!
I remember showing him off to my tiny yorkshire terrier/poodle mix named Roofus coming up and sniffing his butt way too close. He’d push him around and I’d do my best to control him, but he was really curious!
Anyways, time passed and Kermit grew older and older. He started growing adolescent feathers to cover his green and he started maturing.
He was getting too big for the cage I had been keeping him in so we finally moved him over to the huge cage outside that my brother and I built. He liked it out there but he was really bored and I felt sorry for him..
Eventually, he started crowing. A LOT!! Haha. I was soooo happy for him but he needed something else in his life and it was very obvious.
So, my mommy and I loaded up into the car and headed off to get a female friend for him!
We picked one out almost randomly. She was fast, agile, and really cute!
I had no idea what kind she was because she was so young. I named her Fran.
Kermit was extremely happy to see her! He started dancing for her as soon as he saw her!!
It seemed like they were in love and they followed each other closely. They would flock over to me when I’d flop over a rock so they could eat some nice, juicy grubs or earwigs.
Time, again passed. It slipped away. I had many, many good times with Kermit.
When I’d go outside, he’d peek his head up to see if it was me or not and if it was, he’d run straight over to me to be picked up and petted.
But, if he ever heard my dog’s dog tags clanking together, he’d run over to the door or wherever the noise was coming from and attack! He was getting sweet revenge. My dog, since then, has been afraid of going outside!
One day, however, I was getting ready to see a movie upstairs while it was raining really hard when I heard a knock at the door.
It was the neighbor kid telling my little brother that my rooster had jumped over the fence. I heard from upstairs and ran outside to get him back over because I knew that the two dogs next door have been eyeballing him ever since I brought him home and they would get him as soon as they had the chance.
I was half shaven and half dressed when I went outside. I looked around real quick to see if he had jumped back. I looked across the fence and in a second I had jumped it and ran over to their massive dog. She had Kermit in her mouth and was trotting around like he was some kind of toy. I chased her down and cornered her by the neighbor’s back door entrance. She was looking up at me like she was scared. She should be. If she hadn’t sat Kermit’s body down in my hands the way she did, I would have hit the dog as hard as I could. I was so mad. I couldn’t believe what had happened and I didn’t realize what I was doing. I was yelling at some dog to give me back my best friend.
Once in my hands, I walked quickly away the dog towards the now opened fence and into my yard. He wasn’t bleeding but wasn’t moving either. We were both soaked in rainwater and tears. I laid his body down on the slope leading into the entrance of the shed we had in the back yard. It seemed like he was still breathing. I don’t understand why, but to me, dead things always still seem alive when I stare at them long enough. I could barely continue crying and snot was all over my body. I held him like I had earlier that day, before it started raining. I knew he was dead, but I didn’t want to believe it.
I went inside and got a shoebox to put him in and hid him in the garage until I could properly bury him..
I can still feel the pain I had and every now and then I still cry over what happened. I wished I had put him up in his coop like I always did when it rained. I was too busy thinking about my date and getting ready to think about someone else. I’m stupid like that.
The next day was the day I was going to bury him.
I went into the garage expecting him to have jumped out of the box and walk around, but he didn’t. I peeked in the box to see if he was sleeping. He wasn’t. Nothing I did would bring me to the realization of what happened.
I buried him by the shed. The last thing I ever said to him when he was alive was that I love him.
Man, he was like my best friend.
How To Touch A Wall With An Apple
This week’s tutorial will definitely help out a lot of people! It sure helped me!
The 6 Silliest Arguments Against Backyard Chickens
We’ve never heard any meaningful reasons against keeping a small flock of pet backyard chickens. Objections to urban and suburban chicken keeping usually spring from basic ignorance or a lack of education about chickens, and occasionally just a plain lack of common sense. Below are the basic objections you will hear… and as you will see, they don’t represent a single meaningful reason to make keeping a small flock of chickens illegal.
1. “Chickens are smelly!”
Chickens don’t smell bad any more than other pets do. A properly clean chicken coop has no objectionable odors. While it’s certainly true that if your chicken coop is seldom or never cleaned, it will begin to smell, the same is true of a cat box that is never cleaned, or a dog kennel that is never cleaned. There are laws against animal cruelty, animal neglect, animal abuse, and so on that apply to all pets. The bottom line is that responsible people give their pets proper care and provide them with a clean environment.
Chalk this argument up to a lack of common sense. Chickens are no different from other pets in this regard.
2. “Laying hens are loud!”
The truth is that a flock of laying hens is actually quiet, far more quiet than dogs are. A hen will cackle or squawk when she lays an egg. That occurs once a day—or less, depending on the breed and age of the hen, as well as the season.
Eggs laid by hens raised on pasture have 67% more vitamin A, 200% more Omega-3s, 300% more Vitamin E, 700% more Beta carotene… and 33% LESS cholesterol and 25% LESS saturated fat.
The noise level for the squawk after egg laying is up to 70 decibels at its very loudest, or about the same volume as a normal conversation between two people… and in the same range of noise volume made be an air conditioner, a washer, or a flushed toilet. That’s as loud as they get. Lawn mowers and barking dogs register at around 90 -100 decibels, much louder than a few hens. And roosters can be loud, sure–about as loud as a barking dog–but roosters are not required for egg production.
The noise argument is based on basic ignorance about chickens and biology. Many uneducated people think they will hear crowing if their neighbors keep hens for eggs, because they think a rooster is required for egg production… but he’s not. Human women ovulate regardless of whether a male is around or not, and so does a hen. Remember, roosters are only required if you want your hen’s eggs to be fertile!
3. “Chicken flocks produce a lot of poop and waste!”
Very little solid waste is produced by chickens, and what IS produced can be composted to make great fertilizer.
By way of comparison, an average dog will produce around a pound of poop in a day, whereas a flock of four hens will only produce less than half that, about 1.5 ounces of waste per hen. Four chickens produce less waste than a medium house cat, too. Plus, composted chicken manure can eventually be used for your garden (another reason why people who have hobbies like gardening are often interested in keeping chickens, and vice versa).
Normally you don’t compost dog or cat poo, since manure is more nutritious for plants if it has been produced by animals that get most of their nutrition from plants (including cows, sheep, goats, horses… and chickens).
The worry about chickens producing too much poop comes a lack of common sense–forgetting that ALL pets produce waste–paired with ignorance that small flocks of chickens actually produce less waste than most other single pets.
4. “Chickens will attract wild animals to my neighborhood!”
Don’t be silly! Presuming you keep everything clean and tidy with your pet chickens just as you would when keeping a pet cat or dog, raising chickens doesn’t make rodents or other pests magically appear from thin air. While it IS true that if there are any pests already in your neighborhood, they might be attracted to chicken feed if you spill it or don’t keep it secured, they would be just as attracted to spilled or unsecured cat or dog food, wild bird feed, a koi pond, or even to your family’s food waste discarded in unsecured outdoor garbage cans or compost piles–and all of those probably already exist in most neighborhoods, anyway. Chicken food is no different from any other pet food in that respect.
If you do have small rodents in your area, a flock of chickens can actually reduce their number, since some breeds will catch and eat small mice and moles like cats do–chickens will eat small snakes, too. Plus, they eat other pests like ticks, mosquito, grasshoppers and the like.
Chickens are generally more vulnerable to attack by smaller predators than dogs are… but even so, small dogs and cats can be attacked by hungry wild animals, too. That said, stories like this one don’t mean that dachsunds or other small dogs are likely to “attract” predators to the neighborhood. This is another argument demonstrating a basic lack of common sense.
5. “Legalizing chickens will negatively affect property values”
Not true. Take a few moments to read some old news stories about the legalization of backyard chickens, and you’ll notice that no actual evidence indicating that property values drop due to backyard chickens is EVER cited. Instead, the media will report that opponents simply have a “fear” of reduced property values. It seems to me that reporters should follow that claim up with actual data… but there is none to be had (and you know the media these days). So this argument is like a bogeyman: it’s not real, but is frequently employed to frighten children–or in this case, child-like minds–into a position of compliance and fear. We’ve heard stories about realtors like this one who feel that the right to keep a small flock of chickens could attract people to buy.
Rather than driving neighbors apart, chickens are usually conversation starters, particularly unusual breeds like Polish with their huge crests, or Silkies with their fur-like feathers. And today’s small flock chicken coops are boutique, high-end items designed to look pretty in the yard. Remember, neighbors who want to keep chickens are just that: your neighbors. They care about the value of their homes and the quality of life in their community just as much as opponents of backyard chickens do–maybe more. People who keep backyard chickens are often involved in many other hobbies that add value to your neighborhood, including flower or vegetable gardening, beekeeping, growing fruit trees or berry bushes and so on. Think about it: this is exactly the sort of thing that can enhance community feeling and friendship in your neighborhood. Imagine a neighborhood where your neighbors share berries, fresh eggs, zucchini and tomatoes with you… and you might “lend” a cup of sugar or share a mug of coffee. That’s what good neighbors do.
That’s why some of the most expensive and exclusive communities in the country allow small flocks of laying chickens. For example, New York, Portland, Chicago and Boulder–cities with some of the highest property values in the country–allow hens. If keeping chickens negatively affected the property values of the communities that permitted them, surely the communities would be taking steps to repeal them based on this mounting evidence, right? This is not happening. Instead, in some areas with high property values, the regulations are actually becoming more permissive with regard to backyard chickens, presumably because these places have found that the quality of life has improved. For example, in 2010, Seattle went from allowing families 3 hens to allowing 8 hens, a much more reasonable number if your family eats lots of eggs, especially if you don’t want to be limited to getting only the breeds with the highest egg production.
The “property value” argument is typically based on emotions and other evidence-less prejudices. There is zero evidence that legalizing pet chickens has affected property values.
6. “People who want to keep chickens should just move to the country!”
This is probably the most ridiculous “argument” of all, if it can even be termed an argument. In the United States, no matter where you live, you have basic rights that allow you to enjoy your own property… but that means your neighbors have the same rights to enjoy their property, as disappointing as some may find that to be. If YOU are unduly bothered by your neighbors–when their activities don’t affect property values, produce foul odors, loud noise, excess waste or present other actual problems–then YOU are the one who’ll need to consider moving out of town and into the country.
Some people would be happier with a buffer zone around them so that it will be easier for them to mind their own business and be less invasive of the privacy of others who live nearby. If you are that type of person, then just purchase a reasonable amount of acreage and put your house in the middle, so interaction with your neighbors will be minimal. Out in the country with plenty of space around you, you’ll be happier and less stressed out by what any of your neighbors might be doing on their own property.
Wait, you’re thinking that telling someone to move out of their home doesn’t seem like a real, workable solution to a problem? Really? Yeah, that’s right. It’s really stupid. The sensible thing would be for everyone to live and let live, and to stop worrying so much about what’s happening on your neighbor’s side of the fence.
This is a repost of a really cool blog post that I saw on My Pet Chicken. I thought I’d share it with you guys who keep up with my chicken posts.
So, I ended up seeing The Dark Knight Rises the Saturday after it premiered despite the fact that I didn’t like the first two. (Oh, did that hurt your feelings?) It was really cool and had more substance than the other two. It definitely felt more like a traditional Batman movie.
Anyways, let’s get to the point of this post…
I keep seeing photos like this on Facebook. I like the fact that people are willing to spread word about things that they are suspicious about. It definitely raises a lot of questions and asking questions really does make the difference between a conspiracy theory and history.
The first time I heard about this new concept of this conspiracy theory, it was baseless and nonsensical. I had a hard time following it… At the time, it was just a few days after the shooting and people were already posting stuff on Facebook about how James Holmes was unemployed and couldn’t possibly afford all of the guns and ammunition that he had. It seemed to me that most people were looking into this for no reason. Sure, there are reasons to raise an eyebrow, but everything I was reading was completely explainable. He was simply a guy who took out loans or used a credit card to get guns like any other American could. There isn’t a reason to think that there was a conspiracy theory behind it. At the time, I probably could have done everything he did… It just didn’t make sense. There isn’t motivation for the government to do something like this. People can say that the governments wants an easier time passing anti-gun laws, but seriously, how much legislation is going to be passed during the election season?
Anyways, times change and so do people’s faces, right? Wait… what? Well, now versions of these comparison photos are popping up online. They sometimes includes a few bullet points, but the most interesting part is fact that the two photos seem to be of two completely different people even though they both are supposedly James Holmes. The one on the left is him during college or after college or something like that; It’s just a random photo of him that people are using for him since it was like the first one that the media could get a hold of. The second photo is a photo taken of James during the judicial process… Some things just don’t add… You can’t just change the size of your nose or ears… Of course, there could have been exposure issues in the first photograph since it was taken years ago, but other than that, there isn’t anything that can explain the changes, right? But, allow me to show you a few other things that may change your mind…
The above image is Jim Carrey at different points in time and slightly different angles. The nose looks different in all of these pictures, right? Just as different as James Holmes’ nose, it seems.
As for the rest of the bullets, well, there actually is no scientific was to check these. We, as the American public, don’t have access to check these things. As such, it would be sooo easy for the government to cover that up, right? If the government was behind this attack, then why would they leave behind the easiest things to cover up?
I finished The Walking Dead compendium one two days ago. It was awesome but I don’t think I need to do a full review for it because… well… just look at the above excerpt. You’ll see how much better it is than the TV show. Actually, it was amazing. There were so many twists and turns to it. I honestly didn’t expect some of the twists they threw in there. They often would follow a twist up with another twist, which in itself is a twist! Even if you watch the show, you may think you already know what’s going to happen in the book, but you’re wrong. It’s so different that you’ll still be surprised at parts that you’ve already seen on TV.
I’m not into comics and this was the first one I’ve actually sat down and read… by the suggestion of a few friends, I think I’ll pick up some others.
Song Of The Day – Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 by Hopsin
It’s almost at 7 million views now, but in the first 24 hours, it hit 2 million views. Today’s song is “Ill Mind of Hopsin 5”, which is the fifth installment in the ‘socially-conscious’ series. Hopsin goes on to express his hatred, dismay, and total frustration with the youth of today’s society that has detatched itself from reality and just plain common sense.
I waited forever for this song to debut, but didn’t post it until now.