The Buzz at Beaconfire: Feb. 18, 2011


Roaches need love, too.

Nothing says “I love you” like a cockroach – There was a lot of buzz early in the week around Valentine’s Day.  Our friends at WCS and the Bronx Zoo got our vote for most original Valentine with their Name a Roach campaign: “Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt.  Roaches are forever.”  I can’t wait to see how they follow up on Mother’s Day.  Name a Llama for Your Mama?

Getting Slizzerd – for a good cause! Did you see the one about the Red Cross employee who mistakenly tweeted about Dogfish Head Brewery beer on the official @RedCross account?  What could have made for a very bad day for one employee, turned all sudsy and wonderful when craft beer enthusiasts sparked a grassroots fundraising & blood donation campaign for ARC using the #gettngslizzerd hashtag.  If you somehow missed it, there’s a good write-up at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

IPv6 – On February 3, the last available block of IP addresses were released.  Fortunately, this is not a signal of a coming apocalypse.  The folks that run the interwebs (the Internet Engineering Task Force) knew this day was coming and have created a new Internet Layer protocol to provide more IPs, Internet Protocol version 6.  The version that was just used up, IPv4, could support around 4 billion IP addresses.  IPv6 can support 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456  addresses.  Seems like that should hold us for awhile.  If you want to say the number out loud, it’s:

340- undecillion

282- decillion

366- nonillion

920- octillion

938- septillion

463- sextillion

463- quintillion

374- quadrillion

607- trillion

431- billion

768- million

211- thousand


What is… a chance to do it yourself? Jeopardy! was always a favorite but has been particularly close to our hearts since Marissa appeared on the show in December.  This week, we watched as Watson rolled over former champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  Think you could have done better?  Head over to the NY Times and try it out.

Get Your Green On – It’s the time of year at Beaconfire when we stop complaining about the cold and snow (except Sara, who loves it) and start planning for the annual seed swap.  Jeff has a crazy, customized Excel spreadsheet that shows exactly when each seed should go in the ground in our specific agriculture band for optimum yield.  Yes, we teased him at first but it actually is very cool.  This year he also shared a ‘nifty’ garden planning tool.  What’s in your garden?

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