Hey Frameshift, the IR thermometer is from HaborFreight. It is a year or two old but I'm going to try to add a link in here to the new version. Looks like about $25. http://www.harborfreight.com/infrared-thermometer-93984.html
Sorry if my Wolverine comment didn't make sense to you. I'm from Michigan, went to school at the University of Michigan, and our school colors are Maize and Blue. Hence the coloration of my hive. But, yeah, you're right, it may also pass for Sweden. We'll have to get Finski's opinion on that!
Living this far North, we don't absolutely have to have a white hive to reflect the heat load from the sun like you do down there. Hence I've painted my hives a little more colorfully than some traditional hives.