Morphogenesis - Priestessing on the edge of chaos: A few things bugging me
Morphogenesis from the Greek morphe, form and genesis, coming into being
 A few things bugging me
picture 21 Nov 2003 @ 11:05, by Letecia Layson

I escaped from a corporate data processing environment. As a project manager for a service bureau, I had plenty of practice finding bugs in software, or trying to use software in ways it was never intended to be used - I was creative, let's say.

I recall being challenged by one of my first mentors to try to break the system. He always said to me if I could find a way to 'stump' the system, it should not be on the market. And well, I felt free to explore both hardware and software. Together he and I collaborated to create a system for end users with little knowledge of computers or technology. It was a fun way to be appreciated for breaking things and to help in the de-bugging process.

Today Ming worked me through a bug that was eating one of my blog entries from 11/20 It's all better now, Thanks Ming!

And here is a different kind of bug story. One that is just as weird. And how did they get the funding to watch headless cockroachs race around?

COCKROACHES AFFECTED BY OLD AGE
Ananova November 19, 2003

Scientists have discovered cockroaches get doddery in their old age, just like humans.

In the first detailed study of insect ageing, researchers found that the bugs' joints seize up and they have trouble walking up hills.

American scientists noticed that cockroaches that survive into old age reduce the time they spend moving around by about 40%.

When the team put the insects on a mini treadmill, adults that had reached the ripe old age of 60 weeks took half as many steps per second as one-week old individuals.

Many of the old timers developed a stumbling gait as their front foot caught on their second leg.

Angela Ridgel, who led the study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, told New Scientist magazine: "It happens every couple of steps. It does slow them down."

The constant tripping happened because the insects' joints had stiffened up. By 65 weeks old, more than 80% of the cockroaches were tripping over themselves.

Old cockroaches also did badly at climbing a 45 degree slope. While all the younger insects managed the task, 58% of the older ones failed.

There was one rather drastic way to speed up an old cockroach, the researchers discovered.

Ridgel tested the ability of one cockroach species to run off when nudged. She found that elderly individuals were more likely to escape after being decapitated.


A different kind of bug:
We recently discovered Yellow Jackets nesting in the ground near the jujubee tree. These can be nasty and would like to get rid of them. There is plenty of land for us all to live in harmony. Just need to figure out a way to encourage them to leave and move else where. Any suggestions?

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