I study the social behavior of leaderless honeybee workgroups (i.e., colonies), to help make sense of human group behavior.
With 50,000 honeybees spending all winter trapped by the cold inside a totally dark hive, they still manage to cooperate in performing various functions of housekeeping, queen-tending, food management, temperature control, and intruder-protection. Yet, they accomplish all that cooperation and harmonious work without any one in control authority, no communications infrastructure, no bylaws or laws, no court system to punish misbehavior, no congressbees to get paid by special interests to set rules.
So I got into beekeeping after observing decades of leadership/management troubles at dozens of universities and large corporations, while hearing that the lowly honeybee is capable of organizing, cooperating, co-existing peacefully, and accomplishing great collective productivity without laws, police, anyone in charge, nor infrastructures.
And, I can say confidently now, that I understand much better our human weaknesses that foretell organizational failure, after studying the social life of honeybee colonies. It is a fascinating perspective, with great lessons in cooperation without leaders.
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A few months ago I suddenly had an urge to build the largest, most finely tuned wind chimes north of Mexico. (No, I wasn't smoking the goats' alfalfa.)
So, I dusted off some college lecture notes on "physics of music" and started tinkering. With zero musical education and even less (yes) musical talent I started gathering aluminum tubing from old cell tower legs. (Hey, don't you?). My first effort was "ok". http://goo.gl/kQft1
But, wow, once I got the algebraic models down pat, plus a couple frequency analyzer app's on the old 'droid tablet pc, some real, serious mind-soothing melodious ear-candy started emanating from my shop. Sure 'nuff, here is a set of 8 super-tuned jye-gondo-big wind chime pipes.
So I took them to a local art/craft fair in Rapid City, the Black Hills, and pretended to know what I was doing. But holy cow, the response was tremendous. Many people stopped by to learn where that "siren song" was coming from. Now, I've got the juice.
With just a few chunks of salvaged scrap metal pipes I can make many new friends . (Who'da thought...using Sirens' Songs as a customer lead generator?)
Most everyone who heard this awesome aluminum choir were as astonished as I was. Sure wish you could here this. But, then, I'd have to strap you to the mast of a ship while passing by the sirens' songs.
First time in three years that Lee'z B'z (www.LEEz.Bz) have produced more honey than they'll need to survive through next winter. So they gave their extra honey to me to pass along to my seniors real estate clients. Sweeeeeet.
#honeybees #seniorsrealestate #LeezBz
- Commercial PhotographyImmersion Effects Photographer, presentCommercial effects photographer, such as online interactive 3-D business-interior virtual tours, i.e., "Like actually being there."
- Texas Tech UniversityProfessor and researcher
- BearingPointSenior Manager, Strategic Planning
- Nevada University SystemVice Chancellor, Technology
- University of WisconsinVice President
- Arizona State UniversityVice President
- Univ of NebraskaProfessor
I retired several years ago from the university Board of Regents and a wonderfully long career as professor of physics, computer science and engineering. For the next eight years I had a residential gerontology business in another state, helping retirement-age individuals live safe, healthy and happy in a senior-friendly home and community environment. After moving my business to Washington state in 2013, I founded a commercial photography company, InSitu Photographics. We provide immersion-effects (virtual reality) photographic experiences via advanced imaging technologies such as business-interior 3-D interactive virtual tours, documentary photospheres, 3-D modeling, etc.
In weekly personal life, I am a husband, grandfather, beekeeper and honeybee social scientist, community volunteer in the Snhohomish area, owner/trainer of pack goats, tinkering engineer/scientist, and adventure photographer.
- University of Nebraska–LincolnPh.D.
- Missouri State Univ.B.S., Mathematics
- Missouri State Univ.M.S., Physics
- University of Nebraska–LincolnM.S., Computer Science & Statistics
- Missouri State Univ.B.S., Physics
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