My Mason Bees Are Infested :(

I knew last year my mason bees laid many eggs, however I frequently saw wasps and other predators near their nest during the summer and autumn. I feared for their survival as many of the chambers were punctured by weather and other insects.

It seems like my fears were unfounded.

Mason Bee Just Hatched
Mason Bee Just Hatched
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Custom Install on Linode

If you want to perform a custom Linux installation, such as would be needed for SNG7, on a Linode, there is a very good guide that one can follow to help you through the process.

However, if you try to follow the second phase of that document in order to make the Linode compatible with the Linode Manager, you may get unlucky as I did and stare at a black screen with a grub2> prompt after trying to boot it, after completing steps "Configure Group" and "Transfer your Root Filesystem to your Ext4 Disk".

The solution for me was to NOT follow step "Transfer your Root Filesystem to your Ext4 Disk", but instead do the following:

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Car Review: Mini Cooper JCW 2018

Make/Model: MINI Cooper John Cooper Works 2018
Colour: Thunder Grey Metallic with red roof
New?: New
Engine: 2.0l Turbocharged
Power/Torque: 170kW (228 BHP) / 350Nm (258 ft/lb)
Average Fuel Consumption: 5 - 7.5 l/100 km (Highway - City)
Performance: 0-100km/h in 6.3s, 246 km/h top speed
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Owned: April 2018 - Current

Notes: To Be Completed. For now enjoy some pictures of my new ride.

Mini JCW 2018 - Side View
Mini JCW 2018 - Side View
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Professional Mess

Sometimes when I wander the streets in search of beauty, I come across man's efforts to improve our function, our world. But looking at our attempts I wonder whether we are not doing more harm than good.

Electrical Wiring on a Telephone Pole
Electrical Wiring on a Telephone Pole

Compare that to a scene just 200m away... Surely we can do more to improve the visual impact our urban areas have?

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Apple Needs To Step Up Its Game

I recently purchased a brand new 15" MacBook Pro 2017 with TouchBar fully maxed out. It has the latest software patches.

This is the third time in a month that I am greeted by this display when I open the lid after not being used for a couple of days, connected to the USB Type C charger:

MacBook Pro 2017 with Touchbar Resume from Sleep/Hibernate Bug
MacBook Pro 2017 with Touchbar Resume from Sleep/Hibernate Bug
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