Bees, myself and winter preparations

Did you know that when creating honey, bees actually regulate the temperature and humidity in their hive to a certain point so that it’s just perfect for the honey. And that this is one of the reasons why honey can be preserved for basically forever?

If someone told me 10 years ago that I would become a beekeeper I would have smiled and gone “Sure, whatever you say”

But here I am, owning a hive with plans on getting a few more in spring. I never suspected that I’d enjoy it so much, that it would be so relaxing to just watch the girls do their job, coming and going from the hive. And seeing the transformation inside of the hive.

It’s one of the reasons why I’m looking into setting up a live stream on the landing board. Not because I’m thinking “Oh people will want to watch this and maybe sponsor the stream!” No, it’s purely because I want to watch it happen, I want to be able to look at one of my screens and watch the bees go back and forth.

Another added extra to that would be that IF something were to be happening to them, I can see it happen and act accordingly.

I even made a site for these girls, something that’s still a work in progress, but I own a brand name of sorts now. If you’re curious, feel free to go and have a look at the BooBees. Yes, I called them Boo Bees. Partly because I just think the name is funny and technically it’s also true that all the honey you eat, has been made by bees long gone.
The site isn’t quite where it needs to be just yet. I’m still testing things and making it better. I’ll also do a dutch part since, you know.. I live in Belgium and most people here talk Dutch as their main language, they know English, but not that well. I also absolutely love our logo.

Ghost bees! Boo Bees!
There’s even a few jars! But most are already gone

Right now, Winter is coming. And this means that the girls are getting towards their last days of getting ready for it.
This means getting their stores of honey up and preparing winter bees.

Normally most of the worker bees only last for a couple of weeks, the only bee inside the hive that last for longer is the Queen, who can live up to 2 years, longer even in some cases. That is if she’s doing an ok job and the hive doesn’t decide that it’s time for a new Queen. Something I might talk about some other time.

But when winter is around the corner, the queen starts laying a different kind of worker. Namely the winter bee. They live for a couple of months and their job is to make sure the hive stays a nice temperature during the winter and that the queen survives too.

The queen, busy doing her job of laying more workers. The frame in question has honey on top, the queen is the one with the yellow dot.

Us beekeepers use this time to feed them if they need it, and make sure to get mite treatment done, since the varroa mite is one of the most important things that we need to handle in our hives.

In my case, they had their varroa treatment around the end of July, so that means I’ll only have to have a look at it in December.
But what I am doing now is feeding the girls, and boy are they hungry. When I got the hive, they were using about 6 or 7 frames, I had hoped that in the past two months they would have grown to use a bit more but alas, that did not happen.

In an inspection a couple of weeks ago I had also noticed that only one frame out of the ones they were using was filled with honey, which is not good when winter is almost there. So what did I do? I started feeding them. I gave them a bunch of sugar syrup and the other day I gave them 2.5kg of sugar fondant.

“Why are we here? Weren’t we just in a jar?”
“I think the human had to take the jar so he put us here at the entrance, so considerate”
Exactly what I did, replaced their empty syrup bowl with fondant

I had hoped that the syrup would be enough and that maybe they wouldn’t want the fondant since they had enough in store, but I was wrong, they’re taking it in too.

One bite at a time

Seeing that the girls know best what they might need, I’m just letting them have it all and in a couple of weeks I’ll take the hive apart one last time. At that point I’ll change the current cover board with one that has no hole in it and add some news paper to the top to make sure it’s nicely isolated.

And then it’s mostly hoping that they make it through the winter because there won’t be much I can do to help more.

“What’s the human doing this time?”

I like this new hobby I have though, it’s definitely different than what I usually do (gaming) and it’s good for the bees! And let’s be honest, bees are awesome.

Even those among you that might be allergic to them realise that without them, we’d be properly fucked, since without bees to pollinate things, we’d have a lot less food going around.

That reminds me, I wonder if I’m allergic. I have yet to be stung by one in the past few months. I remember having been stung years and years ago when I was a kid. And despite there not being anything wrong at that time, people’s physiology changes as they grow older, so who knows I might react very different to it than when I was a child.

But there’s only one way to find out, and I’m hoping that me getting stung won’t happen for a long time.

Stay tune o7

The joys of planetary interaction

Despite the fact that I basically only log on to EvE for fleets on a Tuesday and Sunday, I do still play the game. Kind of.

PvP can be expensive, so you need to have somewhat of an income. In the past I used to generate said income by doing market trading, buy low sell even lower. Well, no, I am supposed to sell high but because of how the market works, from time to time you’ll be selling at a loss.

Implants were always good to me though, I was able to station trade them quite well in Jita without having to update my orders all the time and still make a few billion in profit a week.

But I don’t have the patience to play the market games anymore, so nowadays my income comes from the wormhole I live in.
And I’m not talking about how I used to go into C5’s with dreads and murdered the hell out of drifters.

No, it’s all about PI baby. Without PI I’d have no income, I would still be able to coast by for a couple of years but as is the case with money in general, so it is with ISK. I really, really don’t like seeing my wallet go down.

Extracting the liquid gold

My PI brings in a few billion ISK per month, across 3 accounts. And that’s plenty of ISK, seeing that I don’t lose that many ships. I have a bunch of high-priced ships all over the galaxy but the ones I use in the fights we do are quite cheap and yet fun to fly.

Past few weeks we’ve been using Claymores and I’ve been flying links. I trained for them AGES ago but never used them, so it’s nice to do something I actually have skills for.

Come at me

I do miss flying the more blingy stuff, but this way it gives an easier time for all of those who can’t quite afford it. It’s nice.

I still have about 4 months left before all my accounts expire, I’m not sure if I’ll keep three accounts up, but for now, they’ll be paying for themselves by way of extracting the precious goods from planets.

For those of you who want to try out the wormhole life, feel free to come and say hi. We don’t bite unless you want us to.

Stay tuned o7

I’m still alive!

Hello dear reader!

It has almost literally been six whole months since I last made a post, I’m still alive! I just don’t have much to talk about really. Not when it comes to EvE Online at least.

I still play the game, I log in at least once, usually twice a week, but other than doing a wormhole fleet I don’t really do much. I don’t have any need for ISK so I don’t have to rat or play the market and let’s be fair, I play a LOT of other games a LOT more.

So! I have decided that this blog will no longer be just about EvE, but whatever I want to write about.

Let’s start talking about gaming though. I still game, a LOT, more than I should probably but to this day it is the only hobby I have. Sure, I try and be healthy by going for bike rides, even bought myself a rowing machine etc, but it’s not like I see that as a hobby. I see that stuff more as a means to an end. The end being “not being a fatass”. Spoiler alert: it’s not really working 😊

In February a new MMO came out here in the West, one that had already been released for a couple of years over in Korea. Those of you that know, know that it’s Lost Ark. Let’s just say that I got a bit addicted to this game. I have put hundreds of hours in it since February, mostly I think because of MMO starvation.

That thing that all of us that play MMO’s know well; You want to play an MMO but you don’t really want to play the ones you already have but you also don’t know any good ones you haven’t tried out yet. So a new one comes along, it does most of the things right that you were looking for et voila, you’re hooked. At least for a while, until you burn out of this new mmo or the endgame isn’t there etc etc.

As you can see, I’ve put in a few hours

The fact that Lost Ark is an MMO marketed for the Asian market, means that it’s super grindy. Because for some reason people east of us really, really love to grind. There’s a lot of daily stuff you can do, a bunch of things that reset each week etc etc. Because of the way the game plays you basically have a main character and a bunch of alts with which you will have to do all those daily things in order to move the materials you gain to your main. This can be very daunting for a new player, and even for those that are used to MMOs.

In the beginning I applauded this because I am an altoholic, I really love making alts, playing them and gearing them. Unfortunately, in Lost Ark gearing all of your alts towards the same item level is very hard and very very grindy if not even impossible unless you spend a shitload of time in it.

I have, and I only have two characters at a high enough item level to do the new raids. I haven’t even done the newest one because it’s so damn hard with pickup groups.

But yeah, that’s one of the games I’ve been playing a lot. The other one I pickup up again recently is elder scrolls online.

They had a new expansion out and I figured “why not”

Other than these two I play some Apex and since recently Fall Guys.

Due to the fact that I basically do nothing but gaming after my work hours, I have a lot of time to spend on this.

But! Dear reader who has made it this far.

A couple of days ago I have decided that I wanted to learn how to be a beekeeper.
I don’t really like being outside and all that, but I like bees, I like what they do for us and I like the fact that we as humans can help them to try and become a bigger thing again.

This little book is amazing and will hopefully help me along

Due to this about a year ago me and a buddy of mine were trying to find a beekeeper that we could “help out” by having them have a hive in my buddy’s backyard, so we could look at how the process of keeping bees works. We found a company that does this for a monthly fee, and at the end of the season we would be getting the honey.

About a week ago the honey was harvested and in a couple of weeks I should be receiving a bunch of it.

But due to the cost we kind of decided that we could probably do it ourselves.

In the past couple of days I have bought myself a book and equipment. Equipment that should arrive tomorrow, or at least one of the next few days.

I have found a beekeeper who’s willing to sell me a small colony and in the next few weeks I will be putting up a colony on some land my family owns. After which I shall be doing my utmost best to help them get ready for the winter.

“Getting ready for the winter, this early?” You ask yourself. Yes, as it turns out, bee season normally starts in April/May and by the end of august they tend to slow down their production and should already be sort of ready for the winter. So the fact that I’m starting with it in July is giving myself a bit of a handicap but whatever.

I’m hoping to write about this a bit more, my journey and such. And I shall take you along with it. Even if “you” in this case is actually myself reading this in the future since I have no idea if anyone still reads this thing.

But at least I’ll have a diary of sorts. IF I can find the words to put down.

With that being said, I shall bid you farewell and until next time. I’m quite excited about this new adventure.

That being said, I shall still write about gaming if and when the muse hits.

Stay tuned o7

So much to do, so little time

As per usual, I have been “busier” than I thought I would be doing other things (gaming, lots and lots of gaming).
I have been meaning to write more often but unfortunately, didn’t.

My fault, so, hello there.

There’s been a few things going on in EvE, on one hand you have the new event that’s Dr. Who inspired, and on the other you have all the people complaining about it. That’s about all I know since I am staying away from reddit a bit. At least the eve one.

Every single time I go on /r/eve I regret it, mostly because everyone is so damn negative.

Sure, they’re not wrong about the fact that whomever is at the top is currently making very, very dumb decision (Ratati?).
But instead of being an echo chamber of negativity, at least try to spread some joy too.

What I was meaning to write about a week and a half ago is about me being a dumbass. Not necessarily out of stupidity, but more being a bit too cocky in what I was trying.

The new event started, I had a nice little Astero, and I was going to do some scanning.

There was a nice connection to our wormhole and a few relic sites around so I decided to hit them up. The high-sec static was nice little extra, because this meant that maybe, just maybe someone would come in with a purely hacking ship and land on me.

And lo and behold, a little heron popped up. Now my train of thought was “Oe a Heron, that’s going to be an easy kill”

I was wrong, very very wrong. Turns out that I was actually scanning around in EVE University’s home hole and I had no idea. Not only that but instead of looking up the name of the heron pilot, I was just “eh easy target”

This little Heron had a bite and I lost an Astero. It was fun though, and I learned a lesson. The first one being that I shouldn’t judge a Heron for it’s cover, and the second that my Astero was not tanky enough at all. If I had better repair modules on it there would not have been any issue at all. But hey, live and learn. Afterwards had a nice chat with the pilot and I asked for his fit, mostly because I wanted to know where the bite came from, this so I could have it happen less in the near future.

Two days before this we had a fleet going on, I am trying my best to join every single one that we do since I do want to play the game more often. We were messing around in null with Horde a bit, trying to get them to undock more ships. Which they did, but hey, I survived, so that’s nice!

Escaping intact is always great

Stories like this is what makes EVE great, the sandbox in it all. Yes, the scarcity is bullshit, yes there’s less pilots in space and that’s a shame. But those who are still out there are still making stories. Less so than before but they’re still there.

And they’re more than willing to bring out the big guns

So how about instead of complaining on reddit about the lack of pilots, you start undocking? Who knows, you might actually have fun.

Stay tuned o7

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Being picky about things

It has been roughly, 8 months since I last posted a blog post. Damn, and here I promised I would try and do more of them. But I have been busy so let’s just blame it on that shall we?

Today, december 14th started with the realization of me once more going “I should spend more time playing EvE Online”
Why did I come to this realization? Well, because at exactly midnight today, so when it went from 23:59 to 00:00 to ring in the new day. I got an email from paypal and eveonline, that all three of my subbed accounts have been resubbed for the next year. Which is a whopping 131 euros per account.

Yes, yes, I have been told that I could have done it a lot cheaper, but that’s not the point. I had forgotten about this recurring sub. I play eve on a bi-weekly basis, I undock and join a fleet with the wormhole corporation I am with.

I enjoy these fleets for the banter and the occassional kill we get. Although I don’t enjoy them when we go and act we are part of a low-sec blob, I decided a few months ago not to join fleets when I knew we’d be joining those.

But other than logging in to fleet up, I don’t actually do anything in the game. I wait with a lot of the others for the hunters to catch something and then go. I used to scan, be active in jita, do some hauling, made isk doing silly missions, etc etc…

And what do I do now, fuck all. Or at least very close to fuck all.

This needs to change! I have three accounts, 6 alts and only one I use.

So today after having spend almost 400 euros resubbing all of them I shall try and do more in EvE.

Starting, with figuring out how the market works these days. Do people still fuck around in Jita? Is it Perimiter now? Both? I have about 40bill in liquid ISK that should have been used in the past 12 months on other things, that ISK now is worth less than it was a year ago. The joys of economics and all that. Just as in real life when you just have your money sitting in a savings account you actually lose money due to inflation, that’s also the case in this game.

So, let’s work on this! But…How.. If only there were some people going “Ok dude, this is my stuff in amarr how I make money, do it in Jita and make bank”

But unfortunately it isn’t that easy. Time to make a few choices.

Hopefully I will actually be more active again, I guess you, dear reader. Will find out sooner or later.

Stay tuned o7

Updates and rocks

The other day I logged on to do my PI in the hole only to come to the conclusion that I couldn’t undock my Epithal. Turns out I was not allowed to have 3 warp stabs in it.


Now, I tend to live under a rock when it comes to eve online updates. I don’t really look at them unless people point them out to me, and it has been ages since I had been on /r/eve.


Turns out that if I had actually looked at things, I would have known what was going on.
As most of you know there have been a few changes to both nullified ships and stabs and such. These are no longer passive things but need to be activated.


I personally am not sure if I like the change. Am I affected by it? Not much I guess, I usually use an interceptor for travel but that is about it. The stabs on my Epithal are there just in case anyone does catch me in the odd hours I do PI and even if they do it is not like they will be getting much out of it.


However I do know that this is a HUGE change, and not really for the better. At least not for those that PvP. I have heard that null sec ratters love it though. And I can’t really blame them.


With the active module you are not as quick as you used to be, you can still go gate to gate but if you’re out hunting, time is of the essence. The fact that you now have a timer that may or may not fuck up your next system you’re going through. That just makes it even easier for the ratters you are trying to catch.
And some of those are quick as they are, especially with local automated alerts and such.

I hope that CCP and I guess Pearl Abyss know what they’re doing because this has annoyed a huge part of the player base.
Although with how fast this was put out there, I feel like they may have dropped the ball on this.
Time will tell.


For now I have changed my scanning Tengu and gave him an active nullifier. It’s not like I am using it much since I am still abroad.

We caught this pretty thing last week


Stay tuned o7

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Wolves have a nasty bite

The problem about going on a bit of a holiday is that you forget about the things you are supposed to be doing. Or at least some of the things you were planning to write about.


The past few weeks I have joined in a few very fun roams with the rest of the corporation. All through our null static of course.
About a week ago I joined in on a new fleet they decided on which was to fly with Wolves instead of Nergals. Obviously because it is a cheaper option and it could be fun, despite losing out on a bunch of DPS.


As it happens we came into Brave space and caught an orca and some miners. It escalated from there. I am not sure how since I got there a bit late but by the time I was there they had a Fax on the field and we were keeping it tackled.


All the while they just kept flying more stuff in in order to try and get us off of their fax.


I had a lot of fun with that one, survived despite my own little fuckup.
They were mostly flying Caracals, which have a bit of an advantage if you fly em correctly. We were also on grid with a citadel at that point. Due to us free flying I got a bit side tracked and when we were told to fly back to the Fax we had tackled, I accidentally flew towards a fax that was tethered on their citadel.


Now, the Wolf is a fast ship, but I was alone there versus about 10 people, a Stiletto was able to get tackle on me and if not for the fact that I was able to quickly shoot him and slingshot away, I would have lost my ship and my pod there. But I did not.


By the end of the night I had about 66 new kills on my killboard and 0 deaths. Good fun!


Later today we are doing a new wolf roam, I am quite looking forward to it.
Stay tuned o7

The best ship in EVE

The other day I was reminded of some of the people I’ve met in EvE who I have also met in the offline world and it made me smile.

It made me realise that the whole “Friendship is the best ship” is an actual thing. I’m quite happy with having met some of the people in the game and calling them my friends. And to think that would never have been an actual thing if not for the corporations we join on the way.

Unfortunately COVID is making things a bit of a bummer all around the world so meetups and such are postponed/delayed and all that thing.

But once everyone’s vaccinated, oh boy will there be partying. I’ve already got my ticket for 2022 Graspop Metal Meeting, a festival here in Belgium. Mostly because it’s still the one from 2020 and they cancelled it once more. Well, I say cancel, postponed. Unfortunate but nothing to do but wait.

As for my ingame time, let’s just say that my corporation is currently enamoured with HighSec wars and defending alt corporations. Seeing that I will never, ever do a structure bash if it is something I can ignore, I’m just not really logging in.

Here’s hoping regular fleets are back soon.

I also heard something about an industry change. I’ll have to look into this some more soon, when I can find some time to read up on things.

Stay tuned o7

The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of the hunt

A few days ago I was getting familiar with scanning again. This because in the past few weeks I haven’t been doing it much while playing on the laptop.

During my mapping of the holes surrounding our home I came across a few people on my dscan. Nothing major, a Drek here, a scanner there. You know, the kind of traffic you expect in wormholes.

I jumped into a C5 wolf-rayet and my eyes lit up, my dscan showed five Nestors and a Leshak, along with their Mobile Tractor Unit.

Now, normally when people are out farming in space, they pay attention to d-scan and vamoose the moment someone pops up. I’m not sure if these guys were just pretty sure that nothing would happen or that they did not see me but they stayed there.

After messing around with dscan a bit I came to the conclusion that the site they were in was already despawned, this conclusion was made firmer once I noticed that they had the Sleeper spawned.

So what do you do in a situation like this?

Well, you decide to see if you still know how combat probes work.

They did

So I moved out of their dscan range, got my combat probes, and scanned them down. I think I took less than 2 seconds to grab the mtu to 100%

Normally, when I do C5 pvp, at this point I would have seen it happen, but I used to do it in dreads and I kept spamming dscan the whole time, mostly because a site didn’t take too long to clear in the first place.

These guys, did not see it. So I warped at 100 and now I had eyes on them. Slowly they were poking away at the sleeper.

Unfortunately, nobody was online, it was a slow day, almost evening, around the time when most people are eating etc etc. So all I could do was keep my eye on them.

I wanted to drop a saber on them and kill the mtu as they ran but unfortunately I did not have any sabers left.

I did try and kill their salvager, but this one did pay attention.

During all this, I had a bit of an adrenaline rush. For reasons that most of you know, even seeing your would be target is a rush. And I kept thinking I was uncloaked too so that didn’t help much 😉

Next time, I’ll try and actually have something to shoot at.

However we did kill a Rorqual the other day too with the corp fleet, so that’s always nice for the killboard.

Stay tuned o7

The joys of multiple screens

The past few weeks have made me realise how handy a second screen is. I’ve spent the past few weeks in England playing just with a laptop instead of my normal system. And let me tell you, that I do miss my extra screens.

Rolling holes, scanning,.. Everything is so much easier with a secondary and even tertiary screen. The lack of extra screens made it so that I did not feel confident enough to do the things I normally do, which is play around with two or three characters at the same time, so I just kept to my main, or scanned around a bit with my scanning alt.

But this changes again tomorrow. I have trained my third rolling alt into a support role so next time fleets happen I can have him tag along in a Guardian or something. And I can use one of my alts as a tackler.

Things are happening, and they are good!

I also can’t juggle multiple games at the same time without extra screens, I missed out on a phoenix the other day because I was right in the middle of a game of League of Legends.

Normally when they call for help I undock real quick, get on comms while I still mess around in LoL (I only play ARAM or the fun modes) but alas, I was too late.

Oh well, won’t happen again anytime soon.

Stay tuned o/