Thursday, May 27, 2010

A photograph for Posterous

What are they communicating? What are they thinking?

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MMR – Why The Controversy Lasted Twelve Years

Yesterday on The Media Show on Radio 4, Dan Sabbagh asked why the MMR controversy had lasted so long.....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Possible Cause for Colony Collapse Disorder #bees



SAN DIEGO, CA – May 25, 2010 -- New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” in honeybees.  A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline.  Scientists report their results today at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.


“There might be a synergism between two very different pathogens,” says Jay Evans of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, a researcher on the study.  “When they show up together there is a significant correlation with colony decline.”


Beginning in October 2006, some beekeepers began reporting losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. Although colony losses are not unexpected during winter weather, the magnitude of loss suffered by some beekeepers was highly unusual.


“Domesticated honey bees face numerous pests and pathogens, tempting hypotheses that colony collapses arise from exposure to new or resurgent pathogens,” says Evans.


To better understand the cause of these collapses, in early 2007 Evans and his colleagues collected bees from both healthy and declining colonies across the country but primarily from California and Florida where most of the commercial pollination activity takes place. They have screened these samples and similar samples from each year since then for both known and novel pathogens.


They found a slightly higher incidence of a fungal pathogen known as Nosema ceranae in sick colonies, but it was not statistically significant until they began pairing it with other pathogens.


“Levels of the fungus were slightly higher in sick colonies, but the presence of that fungus and 2 or 3 RNA viruses from the family Dicistroviridae is a pretty strong predictor of collapse,” says Evans.


Nosema are transferred between bees via the fecal-oral route.  When a bee initially ingests the microbes and they get to the mid-gut, they harpoon themselves into the gut wall and live inside the epithelial cells there.  Evans believes that the slightly higher numbers of the fungus somehow compromise the gut wall and allow the viruses to overwhelm the bees.  In colonies with higher Nosema numbers they found virus levels to be 2-3 times greater than healthy colonies.


While this is a working theory and they are still in the discovery phase looking for new pathogens, Evans and his colleagues are also actively looking for a way to boost bee defenses against Nosema.

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Species of the Day Facing Extinction - The Central Rock Rat

There you go -the adorable little rat with huge black eyes - from Australia - not seen since 2002 and may be already extinct.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Piglets Suckling and The Happy Pig — Quillcards

Baby Platypi Photo

XFN - XHTML Friends Network

Check out this website I found at


"XFN™ (XHTML Friends Network) is a simple way to represent human relationships using hyperlinks. In recent years, blogs and blogrolls have become the fastest growing area of the Web. XFN enables web authors to indicate their relationship(s) to the people in their blogrolls simply by adding a 'rel' attribute to their tags, e.g....."

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Spanish Bluebells

There is a post over at the Quillcards Blog about the differences between Spanish and English bluebells and this is one of the shots from the ecard site.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Now using Cori Watilo's SLATE theme on Hotpixel Posterous

I am now using Cori Watilo's SLATE theme on Hotpixel Posterous and the reason for the change is that it puts the link from whence a post is derived, on a fresh line.

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Photolibrary - Rights Managed Images. Royalty Free Images. Stock Footage

It Says

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PunchStock Central Search For Stock Photography

It says: Over 2 million royalty-free photos and illustrations from Jupiterimages, Getty Images, Corbis and over 50 other brands, all in one convenient search

From Punchstock

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Making Pages In Blogger Blogspot Blogs

I was just reading an article by someone who designed a Blogger blog that had pages and not just posts.

If you are not familiar with the difference between the two, posts appear consecutively on the same page with the newest at the top, like a rolling screen.

Pages are separate, and the only way to get to them is to navigate to them via a navigation menu that appears somewhere on the blog.

I wondered how he did that so I went into the admin side of this blog here at pixelsatemyhomework and I saw that in the 'Posting' page there is a section to 'Edit Pages' - I never noticed this before, and if I had noticed it I would have wondered how I could edit that which I do not have.

But in the way of the internet, clicking is easy and the penalties are usually small - so I clicked and bingo! it told me I hadn't created any pages and asked me whether I wanted to create a new page.

So that's how you do it. Simple!

The question is how the pages will look in the navigation menu, so after I have posted this I am going to make a page and take a look.

It was this article from Terence Chang that I was reading that led me to finding out about how to make pages on Blogger.

Terence's article describes how he designed a site using Google's Blogger. Take a look.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Passing this along - Mailinator Alternative Mailbox

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How do I create an account at Mailinator? It's simple, you just send email to it. Temporary accounts are created when email arrives for them. First, you give out the mailinator email address you created, and then you check it. It's that simple.

Do I have to sign up? No sign-up, you don't even have to tell Mailinator you're coming.

What email address should I use? Anything you want! You can be,, or if you're a 16-25 year old male you can be Just make sure your "anything" is followed by

What can I do with the email address? Give it out. Use it in webforms. Post it on forums. Use it any time you need an email address, but don't want to be slowed down by the sign-up process or spammed for eternity.

Then what? How do I check the email? You have several options:
check the mailbox here on this site
via RSS
via a widget!
via your web browser

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cracks In The Vatican

By Nick Pisa in Rome
Published: 12:55AM BST 10 May 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, 65, who is seen as a possible future Pope, slammed his fellow prince of the Church, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, 83, for dismissing the paedophile priest crisis as "petty gossip."

Cardinal Schoenborn said that Cardinal Sodano, who is currently Dean of the Vatican's all powerful College of Cardinals, had attempted to cover up of a high profile Austrian sex abuse case.

Vienna Cardinal Schoenborn told Austrian Catholic news agency Kauthpress: "The days of cover up are over. For a long while the Church's principle of forgiveness was falsely interpreted and was in favour of those responsible and not the victims."

He added that during the 1990's when Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, the leader of Austria's Catholics was accused of sex abuse a "track of Vatican diplomacy" had muddied the investigation and led to a cover up.

Cardinal Schoenborn said Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger and head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had immediately pushed for an investigative commission when abuse allegations against Cardinal Groer emerged.

But Cardinal Schoenborn said that the then Vatican Secretary of State at the time, Cardinal Angelo Sodano indirectly blocked the attempts and Cardinal Groer had simply faded into the background.

The scandal hit Cardinal who was accused of abusing boys, resigned in 1998 without ever admitting his guilt, without any official Church punishment and he died five years later.

Cardinal Schoenborn also accused Cardinal Sodano, of causing "massive harm" to victims when he dismissed claims of priest abuse as "petty gossip" during Easter Sunday Mass at St Peter's.

Two months ago Cardinal Schoenborn acknowledged church guilt during a service for victims in which he openly addressed attempts to cover up abuse.

There was no official comment from the Vatican and it's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano carried no coverage of Cardinal Schoenborn's attack.

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Second Autopost Test - reset Blogger account - second photograph - pretty woman

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Writing Without Paper - a blog I like

I am linking here to another blog I came across. I am doing it because I like the tone of the writing. The link is here:

Writing Without Paper

By the way, the tagline for the blog reads Art, Dance, Poetry, Music, Musings. "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." ~ Mark Twain.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pixels Ate My Homework: bX-9x80od Error and Solution

bX-9x80od Error and Solution

I got this error when I tried to change the color of a link on my blog.

I googled 'bX-9x80od' and saw that it was a problem that had been reported many times.

The solution is simple. It doesn't involve a workaround or anything strange. It is just a question of going to the correct page in your blog set-up.

The basis of the error comes from the fact that people are using the new templates in, but the page you would normally go to in order to change link colors etc, only works for the older blogger templates.

So if you are in your blog and you go to 'Layout' and you see this:

Then you are in the wrong page. If you click on 'Fonts and Colors' you will go to a page that looks like you should be able to change link colors etc., but it will bring up an error when you try to save it.

If you are looking at your blog (rather than the admin panel) and you click on customize, it will still take you to the wrong page:

This is what you should be doing, instead.

Go to Dashboard, click on 'Layout' and you will see a new tab called 'Template Designer'. That is the one you want, and the rest is easy and straightforward from there.

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MarsEdit 4

I've been using MarsEdit for just over seven years. I started with version 2, and then upgraded to version 3 in 2010. Now, in 2018, I...