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The bee died sometime over the weekend. Too cold and too early for insects, even large fuzzy ones like bees.

Poll #450057 the passing of the bee

How should I dispose of the mortal remains of the bee?

Viking funeral.
Air burial on convenient windowsill.
Set it in resin and call it art.
Keep on desk to consult with over planning decisions and absently stroke during meetings.
Just put it in the bin already, Jeremy, you're starting to scare me.

Actually, this is the right way to dispose of a dead bee:

You can leave a personal tribute to the bee here:

Also over the weekend, Richard Herring finally blogged his Oxford gig, meaning I can talk about it. Turned out my guess at 15 minutes for the yoghurt joke was a 5 minute underestimation! I thought he peaked on the joke about lying down on the beach in an attempt to get anonymous sex from confused turtles, but the yoghurt was good, too; captured well the irrational sheer blazing outrage of being judged by random strangers. Mark was beginning to look a bit fidgety before it was over, mind. Being Oxford, the comedians were keen to show off and use long words, which I like; Richard Ince (on first) had clever material and a nice jumper -- he was a bit disappointed at the response to his joke for physicists, but it was about Schroedinger's Cat, which is sort of the physicist's "Why did the chicken cross the road ..."

Also, I had a nasty reminder of why I don't like seeing comedy. It has this horrible effect on my conversation, turing it fast, brittle and performative; it grabs the delivery method of comedy, turning conversation into double act, anecdote into routine, like some sort of horrible orally-transmitted communicable disease. I had to go home and read Emily Dickinson until it died down.

Oh god. I've still got it.


9th Mar, 2005 13:01 (UTC)
sorry the bee died. i quite like 'air burial on convenient windowsill', tho i think you should keep the bee around for a while yet - could be useful and they are so beautiful. perhaps you could combine 2&4 - makes 6 huh, so that'd be option 6 i'm going for... recycling of bee via compost heap or garden is also acceptable bee disposal imo. bin is not cool cos it'll take forever for it to find its way home via eventual landfill... though incineration might speed things up, but confuse with plastic. resin is selfish but acceptable, particulalry if you look at it adoringly every day/week.
9th Mar, 2005 14:38 (UTC)
... I'm not altogether sure about
incineration, either. It seems a little too close to a bug zapper for my liking. I'm still undecided ...

Come summer I'll be attempting to build up my bee karma by installing proper bee-homes in the garden. Although leaf-cutter bees already like my garden table ...

did you see ep.2 of the tiny shiny dykes? http://www.alleged.org.uk/jrd/2005/20050301.html One a year, wow. Hopelessly slow ...
11th Mar, 2005 11:01 (UTC)
Re: ... I'm not altogether sure about
*nods re incineration bug-zapper-like-ness*

kewl re bee homes. i was gifted a bee home for my birthday, but haven't put it up yet. i think it's the wasps that strip the wood sliver by sliver from the garden shed here...

thanks for the link to ep.2 of the tiny shiny dykes (i had missed it). i shall look forward to the next installment, but won't hold my breath! (i think i couldn't do that longer than a minute anyway). i see the polyamory subtext is still very evident (or maybe it's just my mind/vision/perception) *smiles*