Mentioned in Local News


The Austin American Statesmen newspaper sent a reporter and photographer out to meet me. The article came out today.

The photos are here:


“Among the many interests that Austin engineer McCartney Taylor has (he has magic skills and he’s traveled the world hunting meteorites), it’s beekeeping that has earned him a large online audience.

Beekeeping, it turns out, has become one of those everything-old-is-new trends. It’s become even more popular in the past few years as stories about bee colony collapse disorder made the news.

Amateur beekeepers have swarmed to YouTube looking for information on trapping their own hives and being good apiary stewards, and many of them have found the videos that Taylor shoots and edits himself, often as he wears the beekeeping suit he says makes him look like “White Darth Vader.”

Did I mention Taylor — whose day job is owner of a Blackbeard Data Services LLC, an oil and gas database company — has a great geek sense of humor?

The youthful-looking 41-year-old got interested in beekeeping after a meteorite expedition to East Africa. He came back home determined to apply his electrical and petroleum engineering degrees to the ancient art of beekeeping. It turns out it’s tough to improve on thousands of years of practice.”…

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