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Sept. 19, 2010
I enjoy helping people because I can, not because a politician stuck a gun to my head or some religious type tried to manipulate me through guilt.
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  • Galt commented on Tecwyn Twmffat's instructable Food for the Apocalypse1 week ago
    Food for the Apocalypse

    Keep a couple of Kunekune pigs (friendliest, easiest keeping, greatest grazing and tasting pig out there) and let them self harvest the beets. Maybe plant some lopes, watermelon and pumpkins with them That way your somewhat limited food source is converted into tasty, tasty bacon, and your pigs feed themselves for a good portion of the year. You can lock the pigs in the cellar at the night for safe keeping - they're generally cleaner than most people, but a barn or hut works too. Kunekunes also stay small and marble like Kobe beef, so you won't find a more succulent pigOther than rats and roaches, spirulina algae is also a tremendous super food for the post apocalypse. All of the essential amino acids and protein you could want. Just be sure to start with a pure strain (Univ. of Texas or Texas Tech I believe has a repository) and it can actually be fed by growing it in waste water used to scrub combustion gases. It is the only algae that will survive at the high pH that it requires (over 8 something I believe) so as long as the pH doesn't drop you are assured of having a pure sample. Important because some of the blue/green algae that grows at the lower pH is toxic. Spirulina can be eaten fresh and slimy, or dried and mixed with other bulkier foods for a more complete nutritional profile.Lastly, rabbits are tough to beat for space efficient animal protein that can be safeguarded from zombies while still replacing itself at a high rate even in captivity - plus they're pretty portable if ya have to run. If you're going to stay and fight, try growing a composite "fedge-row" of copiced bush willow on the inner perimeter, woven into a kind of espalier lattice of edible forage for pigs and bunnies. Then add an outer perimeter of copiced and laid down Orange Osage hedge beyond that. The willow is 14-15% protein and great roughage for the bunnies, and for the pigs (just gotta watch the calcium) and the limbs are great for all kinds of survival/homesteading projects - plus it's natural aspirin. Orange Osage hedge is said to grow "horse-high, bull-strong and pig-tight". Its thorns will likely further shred any interloping zombies and its fruit, the "hedge apple", actually looks like a brain - so it may also work as a distraction to the invading hoard. Orange Osage also makes a fantastic firewood, great rot proof fence posts, tool handles and war clubs, and bows made from its limbs are said to be as good or better than those of the English Yew. So aside from providing zombie protection and distraction, animal fodder and medicine, your "Fedge" could also supply you with great fuel for the fire to roast your pig or spit your rabbit while you sit back and pick off distracted zombies with your osage bow and willow arrows. Add a few mulberry to the hedge (also good firewood and fodder) 'cuz bees love the blossoms of all three, so you'll have some tasty mulberry mead to wash it all down with. Maybe save the beet hooch to fuel the Mad Max-mobile with the algae eating exhaust scrubber (to make you harder to track). Call it sustainable zombie survival symbiosis. Just 'cuz we're fighting zombies in the post apocalypse to stay alive doesn't mean we can't enjoy a good nosh and a flagon 'round the fire. ;)

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  • Galt commented on Tecwyn Twmffat's instructable 'In the Leaf' Solar Cooked Sweetcorn1 month ago
    'In the Leaf' Solar Cooked Sweetcorn

    Same idea, but over charcoal you get a little char on the leaves and some caramelizing of the corn sugar. Awesome!And then, 'cuz ya can't have too much delicious, get some butter from grass fed cows, preferably a nice Guernsey or Jersey. The grass feeding allows the cow to uptake a lot of carotene, which ends up in the milk making it a dull yellow color. The higher milk fat and carotene content makes a higher fat content butter that is such a bright yellow it looks fake, but the mouth feel and taste is beyond belief. Also nice with a little corriander and/or some fine powdered chili pepper roasted in. Slip the leaf back, sprinkle and straighten them back out, then cook.

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  • Galt commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch1 month ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    Simply awesome. The only way to make it any better would be if you could have sparks fly each time it was repositioned. :)

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  • Galt commented on seamster's instructable Restore a rusty toolbox1 month ago
    Restore a rusty toolbox

    Little disappointed that you didn't lay down a couple dozen coats of hand rubbed lacquer and clear. Seriously though, waaaay too pretty for bangin' with tools. My only question is where the hell are the cast alloy Shelby mags? :) Beautiful job! You should be doing commercials for Rust-oleum. Wait... I think you just did - might wanna send 'em a link. ;) Reuse, re-purpose, recycle and wear out. Way to go!

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  • Galt commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)1 month ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Charcoal as a soil amendment also has particularly interesting characteristics. It functions as a giant sponge for soil microbes to inhabit, as well as holding moisture and nutrients that would otherwise drain away or evaporate. Care must be taken to first "inoculate" the charcoal with some sort of nutrient to keep it from sucking up what's already present in the soil that it's added to. It's popularity as a soil amendment also brings with it a new name: "Biochar", but it's still just charcoal, or carbon. The inoculation process that we use when the charcoal is destined for use in the soil is to allow our animals to urinate on it, since urine=urea=nitrogen. Not quite that simple but close.Using charcoal in this fashion also works as a deodorizer. The smells that we associate with livestock is a variety of volatile compounds being evaporated into the atmosphere, as anyone familiar with the old cow fart/methane stories is aware. By adding charcoal to animal feed and/or spreading in areas where animals eliminate wastes these evaporating compounds can be captured and harvested for later use while improving the olfactory experience for people in the surrounding area. More importantly all of these evaporating molecules don't just disappear. Sooner or later they latch onto larger molecules and come back to earth in solution when it rains, much the same way that unfiltered coal burning brought us acid rain.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_pretaCharcoal is also used as a filter, particularly for capturing gases and purifying water. We use an ozone generator to burn off organic impurities in an aquaculture project and since excess ozone that is not consumed in the process is bad stuff any excess is passed through a carbon bed where it is absorbed. For Preppers & Survivalists making charcoal allows them to make sand filtered drinking water more palatable, but you'll also see that carbon is an integral part of nearly all commercial water filtration schemes.The process by which this all occurs is known as pyrolis, which is basically the fractional distillation of an organic substance in a low or no oxygen environment. At various temperatures during this process where wood is use different substances will off-gas, methane or wood gas being one. By capturing that gas and recirculating it to add to the combustion process you can accelerate everything. This is what a lot of the high efficiency wood stoves do with their burning of flue gases. Fractional distillation, or cracking (not to be confused with "fracking") is how the various hyrdo-carbon compounds are extracted and separated in the oil and gas industry.There is great debate over the carbon neutrality of this process since there are a variety of by-products formed when various types of wood are "cracked", methanol for example is just one, along with the methane already mentioned. In many developing nations charcoal is made by partially burning whole swaths of forest and then covering the fire with dirt to smother the flames and create the low oxygen environment. This is not a particularly exact or controlled process and as such results in a tremendous amount of heavy smoke and local air pollution. Indonesia not too long ago experienced very serious problems as a result of this, but such is the impact of globalization. We desire a cleaner environment so we ship our polluting industry overseas; out of sight, out of mind. Most of the commercial Third World charcoal is being made from coconut husks, but it is also made from coal. Seems like a simple item but there's lots of interesting aspects to it.Lastly there are plenty of larger DIY scalings of this concept using everything from crimp on lid 5 gallon metal buckets to 30 and 55 gallon steel drums. A quick YouTube search will find everything from big double retort bio-gas reactors to backyard Biochar batch plants using 55 gallon drums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqkWYM7rYpU

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