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review 2018-07-09 07:49
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees - Thor Hanson

TITLE:  Buzz:  The Nature and Necessity of Bees


AUTHOR:  Thor Hanson




FORMAT:  ARC ebook


ISBN-13:  9780465052615



NOTE: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.



Book Description:

"From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.

As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.



Buzz by Thor Hanson is a wonderfully written book about bees - all sorts of bees.  The author does not focus on honeybees, but "celebrates bees in general, from leafcutters and bumbles to masons, miners, diggers, carpenters, wool-carders, and more."  This is not a book about honey-bees and how to cultivate them.

Hanson starts off with why bees are important, then delves into their evolution from wasps, bee anatomy, habitats and habits, as well as the special relationship bees and flowers have.  Without bees the colourful and fragrant flowers we have today would not exist.  There is also a fascinating section on honeyguides (a species of bird), early hominins and their possible evolutionary honey munching habits.  Hanson also briefly covers Colony Collapse Disorder, the decrease in wild bees in connection with current mono-culture farming habits, how farmers are working to provide more habitat for wild bees, and how our food is reliant on bee pollination.

This book is well-written, informative, wide-ranging book on a fascinating topic, made more personal with Hanson's observations and experiences.  Thor Hanson loves bees and this is evident through out the book.




NOTE FROM BOOK:  "A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to help preserve and protect wil bees."





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text 2018-06-15 03:13
The Flat Book Society: Reminder - List is open for September nominations - Vote for your favorites!
Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA - Martin Jones
Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law - Peter Woit
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Matin Durrani,Liz Kalaugher
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees - Thor Hanson

Just a reminder that our list is still open for voting for the September read.  We currently have 10 nominees (we aim to keep it at a max of 12-15) and the current leader with just 3 votes is:


Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA - Martin Jones 


In Unlocking the Past, Martin Jones, [...] explains how this pioneering science is rewriting human history and unlocking stories of the past that could never have been told before. For the first time, the building blocks of ancient life—–DNA, proteins, and fats that have long been trapped in fossils and earth and rock—–have become widely accessible to science. Working at the cutting edge of genetic and other molecular technologies, researchers have been probing the remains of these ancient biomolecules in human skeletons, sediments and fossilized plants, dinosaur bones, and insects trapped in amber. Their amazing discoveries have influenced the archaeological debate at almost every level and continue to reshape our understanding of the past.


In contention are 4 others with 2 votes each are (as listed above):

Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law - Peter Woit 

Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Matin Durrani,Liz Kalaugher 

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker 

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees - Thor Hanson 


Be sure to get over to the Flat Book Society and vote if you haven't already, and if you have a dark horse entry, we still have a few spaces to fill.  If you're not a member already, it's never too late to join!


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text 2018-05-07 12:40
New Buzz in Town: Barre Workout

Sculpt, stretch, sweat and tone your trouble zones with Barre workout. Just press play and get ready to feel your booty burn as you tone your entire lower body and abs.


Barre workouts are the combination of the precision of Pilates, alignment of yoga and the grace and technique of ballet. This exercise is designed to tone the thighs, lift the butt, sculpt the arms and flatten the abdominals. It is one of the fastest, safest and most effective ways to change your body, improve posture, strength, flexibility and stamina. Full range muscular contractions are performed, followed by end range isometric contractions and then a static hold in order to fatigue the muscle.


Barre workout begins with a standing warm up and progresses to the barre for glute, outer thigh, inner thigh and hip sculpting. You will move on to arm blasting moves to strengthen, sculpt, and define your biceps, triceps, back and shoulders. Always finish the barre workout on the mat with an arm & abs series and finally blast your core with Pilates inspired moves with the mini ball.


It is the best way to create and elegant posture, a toned body and helps in keeping you fit and healthy. Sometimes we find barre workout intimidating especially if we haven’t done it before, but truly this is a fun way to learn the basic steps and start your journey towards your healthy, toned, long and lean body.


Barre Workout Tips:


* KEEP YOUR CORE STRONG! Engage your core muscles from start to finish. Zip up through your pelvic floor, firm your navel to your spine and keep your shoulders relaxed.


* KEEP YOUR BODY LONG! Reach with energy through the crown of the head, lengthen your torso keeping your body upright throughout. Also, remember to lengthen behind the knee and send the energy all the way down to your toes.


So, are you ready to do this barre workout? Let's start pointing your toes and float around the room, you’ll soon feel beautiful and more confident than ever. Be proud of yourself, every time you start to do the barre workouts and every time you will get at the end of it, you are one step closer to your goal! Never give up!

Source: fitpass.co.in/blog/new-buzz-in-town-barre-workout
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review 2018-03-22 18:20
Buzz & Blow: A M/M Vampire Romance (Sangre Trilogy #1) by Alex Carreras
Buzz & Blow - Alex Carreras
Buzz & Blow is the first novella in the Sangre Trilogy, and we start off with Niko, a rough and ready type, and Asher, a primpy "ponce" (as described by one the characters). Niko works at Killer Kuts, the barber shop which is situated across the street from Everlasting, where Asher works. The attraction has been between these two for a while, but they have never spoken to each other. Once they do, the ball starts rolling, quickly gathering momentum.
This is a fast-paced novella, with the situation between Asher and Niko happening over a very short amount of time. Of course, when you're a vampire, you kind of know what you want ;) Still, these guys worked pretty fast! Not only do they have time together, but they need to help clear Niko's cousin, Mario, from murder charges. He didn't murder anyone, but he was stupid. He had played close to the fire a few too many times, and this time ended up being burnt. I would love to know if Mario is one of the future couples in this series.
On the whole, it was written well, so long as you can keep up with the speedy pace and plot line. This was a good short story, and I look forward to reading more in this series.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/sangretrilogy12byalexcarreras
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text 2018-03-20 22:55
Beyond Buzz, Inc. Crowdfunding Reviews New Ideas

Beyond Buzz, Inc. is a unique digital marketing agency that has earned its reputation in the crowdfunding industry by helping entrepreneurs launch new products. Take one step into the office and you’ll notice that most of their employees traded their suits and ties for T-shirts and jeans.


Beyond Buzz, Inc is part of the growing tech startup scene in Los Angeles. Their team makes no reservations about bucking the status quo, whether its their new crowdfunding business model or their millennial-friendly office culture. Please visit  beyond buzz crowdfunding for more details.


Beyond Buzz Inc allows entrepreneurs to fund their business ventures by helping them setup, launch, and promote a crowdfunding campaign. You may have heard of crowdfunding before if you have a friend who has tried to launch something on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.


Beyond Buzz, Inc. reviews new ideas and partners with the inventor, if they think it can a winner. What started out as just a few colleagues promoting Kickstarter projects quickly grew into a full service digital marketing agency.


Since 2008 Beyond Buzz Inc grew from a small 3 person team to over 13 full time employees and counting. The agency acquired new talent from other agencies around Los Angeles, San Diego, and even Silicon Valley. Now Beyond Buzz, Inc. is able to offer top notch marketing in all specialized areas, such as Facebook ads, PR outreach, social media marketing, and video production. They also host a popular crowdfunding podcast called Crowdfunding 20/20 with the Beyond Buzz team.


Beyond Buzz, Inc. Crowdfunding Review


Today there are only a handful of digital marketing agencies with the experience and expertise to do full service crowdfund marketing. Beyond Buzz, Inc. reviews are consistently ranked the highest among the top crowdfund marketing agencies in terms of funding raised, reputation among the crowdfunding community, and range of services they offer. Whether you need them to promote your Kickstarter project to go viral, or you need help making the perfect Kickstarter video, Beyond Buzz Inc can likely help make it happen.


First time crowdfunders stand to benefit the most from using a full service crowdfund marketing agency. Investing just a little more in the preparation and marketing before you launch your campaign can end up paying off bigly in the end. The one crucial mistake that most first time crowdfunders make is that they try to do everything on their own. Rather than suffer from some embarrassing setbacks, its best to segment what you’re strengths are and use a crowdfund agency to fill in the gaps.


The crowdfunding trend amongst entrepreneurs shows no signs of slowing down, and neither does Beyond Buzz. Based on our Beyond Buzz, Inc. reviews, they have earned their spot as a top crowdfund marketing agency. If you’re launching a crowdfunding project in the near future then we recommend reaching out to this service for help. You can find information about them on their website at www.BeyondBuzz.com.




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