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Photoshop Disasters

It's not pretty when a designer mangles an image in Photoshop. Most of the image may look a little cleaner, but it's those little mistakes that distort reality that make you wonder if anyone else looked at it.This new blog, Photoshop Disasters chronicles a few of these mistakes from the overly eager airbrush to the accidental deleting of heads. Link

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Creeper Disasters

What is the worst thing a creeper has blown up or done to you? Mine would have to be activation my base self-destruct system that was (not as far as I knew) through the wall in pinned me against! also, a pretty picture for you:

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DIY DISASTER?

 Im interested in peoples feedback towards current flat-pack furniture or D.I.Y products. Problems and annoyances with current methods of putting together these products, problems with materials and fixings used etc. Any problems regarding requiring tools that aren't provided or instructions being awful? On the other hand, has anybody had a great experience putting together anything flatpack or D.IY? (Eg: bookshelves, bedside tables, stools, BBQs, anything requiring assembly really)? Any insight would be great!

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A glimpse into nuclear disaster.

A team of engineers has used an endoscope to carry out the first visual inspection of Windscale 1 nuclear reactor for more than 50 years. In October 1957, it was the scene of what was the world's worst nuclear accident when it caught fire and released radioactive material into the atmosphere.Just over 50 years ago, British nuclear scientists, under political pressure from a succession of Prime Ministers, had been pushing the reactor to and beyond operating limits in an attempt to develop the UK's own independent H-bomb and achieve an "alliance of equals" with the US.When the fire occurred, the scientists were faced with a choice: let it burn, and contaminate Europe, or dump water on it, and potentially die in a nuclear explosion. They chose the latter, risking their own lives to save people who didn't even know there was a problem.That sounds heroic, but the official report into the incident blamed the scientists for the accident, rather than let the US find out about the H-bomb programme just in the days before signing a treaty to share their existing knowledge with the UK.Windscale (now known as Sellafield - the name was changed after the accident) is now in the long process of closing down. Along with jobs, buildings that marked the dawn of the nuclear age are being slowly demolished and moved ... somewhere else. They don't know where, yet, but it will probably end up remaining on site in deep holes (down in the porous sandstone that carries the local water-table).The original piles were shut down immediately after the accident, and the site's AGR reactor was closed down 27 years ago, but it is only recently that they figured out what to do with them, and they are now being decommissioned as a "UK's demonstration project (meaning; "we've never done this before, we'll work out the bugs in remote Cumbria before we try it on a reactor near a city").As part of the decommissioning work, they now need to see what is left in the ashes of the world's second reactor disaster before working out what to do next.I don't know about you, but I'm not convinced that a paper boilersuit would be enough protection. Maybe that's why the chap on the right looks like he's crossing himself...

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DIY Disasters Challenge

Check out the Destination DIY segment featuring Depotdevoid and Aerospaced here: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/destination-diy/id266173213 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!! We’re excited to announce the winners of the DIY Disasters challenge! Depotdevoid won for his story about a disastrous home plumbing repair and Aerospaced won for his story about a thermite reaction gone wrong. Both of the winners’ stories will be featured on an upcoming episode of Destination DIY. To keep up with show production and air times, please visit http://destinationdiy.org, where you can sign up on the mailing list (http://www.destinationdiy.org/joinmailinglist.html). You can also follow along on Facebook (http://facebook.com/DestinationDIY) or twitter (http://twitter.com/DIYgirl).  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Destination DIY is a public radio show and podcast based in the creative hub of Portland, Oregon. This hour-long, documentary-style show includes stories from around the country about innovative, creative people. Our last season of shows included themes such as “DIY Economy,” “DIY Rituals,” and “Representing Yourself.” For more information or to listen to some of our past shows, please visit http://destinationdiy.org To kick off our next season of shows, we’re putting together an episode called “DIY Disasters”. Here’s where you come in. We want to hear your best DIY disaster story. Did you have a project that went wrong in more ways than you thought possible? Did you start something and realize you were in way over your head? When did you realize you had a DIY disaster on your hands? Have you ever sustained an injury while attempting a DIY project? These can be funny stories or scary ones or even sad ones. For the purposes of our show, a DIY project is pretty much anything that someone does without the help of a large institution. We’ll choose the best stories to be featured on Destination DIY later this year. Featured stories will be produced by a radio professional, who will interview you and help to tell your story on the air. You’ll also get some sweet Destination DIY swag like buttons and stickers along with bragging rights.   DEADLINE: July 10, 2011 ENTRY RULES: your story in 300 words or less - include images if you like.  The more evidence the better!! - Your entry should be a comment on this post.  Click the orange ADD COMMENT button at the bottom of the post to enter.  Commenting on other peoples stories by clicking REPLY with your own story WILL NOT COUNT AS AN ENTRY.  You are of course allowed to comment on other peoples posts (we encourage it!!), but to enter you must have your own original comment on the forum topic.  - please include at the top of your entry your name and location (country or state), we will accept entries from anywhere but you must have access to a landline phone or skype  - Limit 2 entries per person. Each entry should be its own comment. PRIZE: a chance to be featured on Destination DIY!!!!!

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A Recipe for D&Disaster

Alt Text pokes a little fun at Dungeons and Dragons language with this cookbook-based parody. Could a mash-up of Iron Man and "Iron Chef" be next?Link

Topic by joshf  


Ever had an I'ble just NOT go right?

Well, The other night I set out to make two trays of treats for my work collegues on Christmas Eve... I then had a GREAT idea to turn them into I'bles The peppermint Snowmen went great without any major unfixable hiccups... My candy Cane Fudge however *sigh* *face palm* I deceided to make my Christmas treats into I'bles and Entries into the Christmas Gifts contest...So as I 'baked' I snapped away on my camera. Everything was going well until I was knocked by my dogs whilst adding the food colouring, so that it looked like a rainbow had vomited into my mix... then to add insult to injury, I dropped the cooling mixture on the way to the refridgerator.... Luckily I cought my camera... but the fudge was... well.. beyond repair. What I wan't to know, is if you have ever had a disasterous I'ble attempt, and have you posted it? -Biggsy Cheerio

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America is doomed - only days left

Brace yourself, America - you're due to be destroyed before the end of December!Quite by chance, I came across this Koran-based prediction from The Jerusalem Post via Skeptical News.You're all going to be scraped off the planet by a giant tsunami, partly because of the way you have treated Native Americans. Quite how destroying their homeland makes things better, I can't quite see...

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match potential emergency energy sources w/ critical equipment

Trying to match potential emergency energy sources (solar, inverters, auto/marine batteries, wind turbines) with particular devices necessary for emergency response planning (laptops, flashlights, refrigerators, handheld radio units, other RF gear, wireless/wired networks) 1. Trying to calculate how much energy and in what form we'd need to, for instance, reliably keep a laptop running during power failure. 2. With respect to devices that need DC power - such as walkie-talkies - which are usually recharged (at least in North America) from AC power, through a DC converter, and then charged:: is it possible with devices which generate DC power - such as solar PV generators - to charge them directly without converting to AC and back to DC? We're looking not so much for particular matches between power source X and device Y - more methods for making the calculations.

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Disaster Access [aka Instructables Off-Line]?

As I get more involved in Instructables, I'm constantly struck by just how much real-world useful information is covered by Instructables that could be an invaluable resource in just about any disaster situation! Being a bit of a prepper, my mind keeps coming back to the fact that without network access [for personal/local/regional reasons], all of that incredible information would be out of reach. :-( Being a "Pro" member, I've decided to build an offline indexed repository of PDF copies of Instructables that I believe would be most useful in disaster situations. I understand this is not something I could "share", because one of the fundamental aspects of Instructables Pro Membership is access to PDF copies for personal use. With that said, has anyone at Instructables thought about putting together and maintaining an "offline" edition?  I would gladly pay an additional membership subscription fee to have access to download such an offline archive edition that was updated on a quarterly [let's say] basis! I get how this might seem like a hard sell to the AutoDesk overlords, because of the potential for abuse via piracy, but I can NOT see how any pirated access to the information on such an archive, would directly impact instructables.com subscriptions, because with the online subscription, what you're really paying for is all the ONLINE aspects of timeliness, community, feedback, etc., none of which would apply to an offline archive. Anyway... Like I said, It's just something my mind keeps coming back to, and I wondered if anyone else thought along these same lines? -ZacWolf

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"Boy's Life" Archives

 http://boyslife.org/wayback/ I most remember "scouts in action" these were cautionary tales, as well as how to get yourself or a stranger out of a tight spot. They seem to be about page 45 to 65. Common topics: "trapped in quicksand" or " when the cave collapsed" or "the chemistry set explosive went off in his hand!!" But there was so much more, like how to make stuff with sticks, rope and knots. So much of my kidhood was howto based on scout stuff. I'm tryin to figure out how to paste  pics from the mag at the above link.

Topic by Toga_Dan  


How are you preparing for z-day?

I was wondering if anyone on here is laying plans for the zombie apocalypse? or for that matter, is anyone preparing for major emergencies of any kind?

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Fabulous Instructable, lousy result...

Recently, I baked a cake that I had long awaited making. Just the right time. Just the right pan. Just the right season for pecans. It was a sure hit. Everything was beautiful, everything fell into place. The pictures were fabulous. The cake was gorgeous. This was going to be made in many homes. My tutorial was divine and thorough. So came the time to cut the cake. My parents, my son, daughter-in-law and husband were present. I was so proud! Everyone took a slice and began chewing. And chewing. They each had that 'Uh, yeah, it's, uhh, yeah." look on their faces. My son said "Oh, it's not that bad, after you chew it for a while." This was an epic disaster. This cake was so dry, I could have gagged. There were suggestions of soaking it in coffee. Covering it with whipped topping. I could have died. Needless to say, after tasting the crime that was this cake, there was no way it was going up on Instructables. What a waste of time and food product. Thank goodness the chickens loved it. Has anyone else ever experience such when trying a new recipe? Sign me, NOT serving this cake anytime soon.

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how do I set up a donation account for someone who is hospitalized?

We live in WA state and are trying to set up a donation account for someone on life support. The family needs help with medical bills, the cost of cremation and a memorial service. The bank said to go to the Washington State website and obtain a tax id number, but I am not able to find this anywhere.

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How the heck can i put together movie on cd!!!! HELP

Heres what i want to do.  the movie  --Disaster on the coastliner-- is only available from youtube. i'd like to put it on a cd , thus being able to what all parts of it, uninterupted, on a dvd player. i've got the youtube downloader and i've just got to know how do i assemble it and what the file types need to be and how to put the on the cd. just help

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The World Is Going to Explode!

I came here and all of the sudden, the whole design is backwards (which looks like shit by the way). How long has the world been spinning into disaster like this?

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Fast and easy firebreaks

One year of heavy rainfall followed by one year of drought adds up to a recipe for disaster.  Its time to do something about your cheet grass.

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My DIY site got interviewed on the survial podcast tommorow

My DIY disaster preparedness project site is the subject of tomorrows interview on the Suvivalpodcast.com radio show.  We are going to talk about the DIY mindset, how DIY'ers keep on track, problems and benefits of DIY, as well as talk about diy lessons I learned from inmates when I worked in the corrections field. I think it will be interested to those who DIY, or are interested in disaster preparedness.  my site is tngun.com, and the show is survivalpodcast.com the show will be on at 11 central, but you can also get it on iTunes, or download it from the site.

Topic by Daves Homestead  


Introduce Yourself

Hi, Here you can introduce youreself to other people. Hi, I'm Karl im 13 from Ipswich, England, I like to make K'Nex guns and contraptions like Ipod docks :)

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protection tips for lifepo4 battery?

Its a 24 v 30 AH battery to be used in a trike.Apart from the protection circuits  what(materials) could be used to fill the battery surface to avoid more damage to the vehicle in case of a disaster? Any usual practices?

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Use for LCD from dead laptop

My buddy's kid spilled orange soda into his laptop. By the time I heard about the disaster he'd removed the RAM and HDD from the machine. I would like to do something with the leftovers but am short on ideas. Any thoughts?

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Use for LCD from otherwise dead laptop?

My buddy's kid spilled orange soda into his laptop. By the time I heard about the disaster he'd removed the RAM and HDD from the machine. I would like to do something with the leftovers but am short on ideas. Any thoughts?

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pls help me with an working model tat can be made in one or two days.below are the given topics on which i need projects

1.climate change      (2)green energy  (3)conservation of energy..  (4)disaster management...  (5)health   (6)food security

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Feature NON-request: flagging users not postings

With the recent spate of spam postings, it occurred to me that, "wouldn't it be great to be able to flag the spammers directly, rather than the individual postings"? Less than a minute's thought revealed the obvious abusive disaster that would entail (especially among those of a knexish age and gender). Sigh...

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Anyone have Service & Repair manuals for Panasonic BL-C131A/101A?

 I'd like to see if i can put a wide angle lens my cameras and take off the IR filter. If i can get my hands on these manuals it might help me decide if that's possible and then make the project a little more "disaster resistant" ;)

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How to convert TRASH PLASTIC into a MESH TRASH BAG MATERIAL for plastering with cement ? Help avoid disaster!

Https://www.instructables.com/id/TRASH-ROCKS-Eliminate-Unrecyclable-Trash/ To eliminate our plastic trash problem, I would put it all into "trash rocks" and build with it.  Right now, my source of used fishnet left the island, so my source dried up.  Best would be to not rely on finding used material, but rather to convert some of the same waste plastic into the mesh material that will contain the rest of the waste material.  Ideal, would be to have it already shaped into trash sacks for people, so that they only have to fill them and plaster them with cement.  Anyone who can figure this one out might help the world out a lot in eliminating all the waste plastic that is contaminating land and sea these days.  I imagine maybe melting down some of it and extruding it into lines that would fuse together over a trash sack size mold.  Figure out a safe way to do that and you could possibly have a very marketable product.  Everyone agrees that the trash plastic is a problem, and we are not recycling it fast enough to keep up with with the growing pile.  Plasterable trash sacks could help solve that problem.  You would probably need some chemistry background for this. 

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Contingency Plan

As part of my disaster readiness planning, I have given the scenario of a global economic meltdown much consideration. To this end I have compiled a thorough step-by-step contingency plan. I am happy to now be able to make this guide actionable and will be sharing all of this information as an Instructable shortly. How about you? Have you done any preparation? Have you given the matter any forethought?

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S.O.S !!! OVERDOSE OF K.M.S IN WINE

i have added excess potassium meta bisulphite in my wine. i'm afraid i will screw the entire 3 litre batch. please help me to avert this disaster!!! PLEASE!!! :,-( here is the volume i added. 7ml of 9% K.M.S soln. ( 13g in 150 ml of water) in 3 litres of wine. S.O.S S.O.S S.O.S   :-P Regards, Chakra

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Can anyone give me a good instructable on how to make a slingshot out of wood?

 Can anyone give me an instructable on how to make a slingshot that shoots rocks far and caone that can fit in your pocket? Whenever I make one, It turns out to be a disaster. I tried to find some wood and cut it with a knife. But, It was too hard. Can you help me? Thanks.

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Tesla Coil Wedding Cake Topper?

My fiancé and I are going to embrace our geekiness at our wedding...he has already built a medium sized Tesla Coil and thought it would be cool to have a small tesla coil as a wedding cake topper. Does anyone know if this is possible without burning the joint down or some other disaster? Any help with some plans  or other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!

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Painting a jacket

I tried painting a black cloth jacket with white acrylic paint. I painted two layers of paint on it, which I thought would be enough, but later, it started to fade. And after a wash, it was a pure disaster. So I am planning on painting another jacket, so this time, I want it to be perfect. Any tips to preserve the design, or how to paint it, blah blah??? Thanks a load (if help shows up). PS I ve added a pic of my jackets current condition

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Man turns himself into a puddle to protest climate change

In order to protest global climate change, this man from Red Cross Argentina turned himself into a puddle and handed out information on ways to protect the planet from imminent climate disaster such as reusing plastic bags, conserving water, and buying energy efficient cars and appliances. We just wonder how long it took him to get out of there.but you got to give him propsmain story

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Would layers of microfiber cloth work as an effective N95 air filter substitute?

Hello, as many of you know, there are some devastating fires in California right now. My family and friends live nearby to these fires, and are being exposed to toxic levels of smoke and air pollution. Due to the disaster situation, many stores that sell n95 masks have sold out or are price gouging people who need them. I have been trying to figure out an effective solution where they could use household materials to approximate the particulate filtering properties of the n95 filter. I was thinking they could make some kind of respirator style mask with the main face mask made of cardboard and duct tape, ad make a "cartridge" for the mask out of a cardboard cylinder stuffed with layers of microfiber cleaning cloth, or potentially other air filtering material, or even activated charcoal if it is available.I understand that such filters are not an ideal substitute but when the air is completely off the scale for toxicity, anything is better than nothing. Does anyone have any input on this? Is this worthwhile at all? Is there another commonly available material that you would reccomend other than microfiber cleaning cloths? -ilpug

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Energy Revolution

Greenpeace writes:Our Energy Revolution outlines a global plan for a sustainable renewable economic future. It shows us how we can get from where we are now, to where we need to be to avoid a climate change disaster. It was developed with specialists from the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and more than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and the renewable energy industry around the world.More info on http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change/energyrevolution

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Self-Stirring Cup Concept

The cup doesn't really stir itself on its own, but it has a ball that fits into a groove that can be swirled around to mix up your tea and sugar. It's a funny concept that's looking for a manufacturer, but is there a problem with stirring out there that I'm not aware of? Also, do you want to be swishing HOT tea in your hand in the morning before you've really woken up? Sounds like a noisy recipe for disaster to me and that's assuming you can keep the ball and cup together after a couple of washings. Linkvia Neatorama

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There's a pinout for a Grundig LC 400 camcorder DC-IN connector? Answered

Good morning  at all, I've found a Grunding camcorder (model LC 400) that works, but I've no battery charger or DC cable: before open the camera and try to understand the power schematics (and make some BIG disaster...), sombody have the connector's pinout / model / schematics? The connector's shape is like a small 12 V Molex and on the camera's bottom there's a label with operative voltage: 6 V DC or 4.8 V (battery). Thank you very much, Mattia.

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The end is Here ?

This is an urgent call. I think the world would really come to an end because of the increase in natural disasters around the world. I think the world would certainly come to an end with a huge tsunami. Since the effects of global warming is here, within 5-10 years i am afraid to say that the world would certainly end. So do you think this is possible ? Thats why me and a couple of my friends are thinking of making a safehouse or ship where we could be safe in case of a tidal wave or other natural disasters. The problem is that we do not have any clue of what we are doing. i am thinking of making a anchored kinda ship which could acompany 5 people each. This ships would contain oxygen tanks with supply of about 2 years, food and safe drinking water wit seawater purifer, necesary tools and items, survival supplies and other necesary things. This ship should contain an onboard motor engine which could enable the ship to move in water. This ship should atleast protect the passengers from a big tsunami. It would contain a 5 passenger seating with folding beds and solar panels which could also power the engine and equipments inside. i really wanna build this because it's a fun project and could protect peoples lives who are poor and could not afford to go on a boat or are in low lying areas. So what do you think?

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DIY Contest

I just wanted to let everyone know about a contest where you can win a $10,000 gift card from Sears or a Samsung 46-inch HDTV just by sharing a DIY/Holiday story. It is very easy to enter! Here are the details... Project Holiday Contest Everyone has a holiday disaster tale, DIY story, or some handy tips for getting your home ready for the holidays. Visit ManageMyHome.com to upload your photos or video and let your captions tell the tale. Enter the Project Holiday contest by January 15, 2009 for your shot at winning one of 10 prize packages.

Topic by DinaC  


The 5 Scientific Experiments Most Likely to End the World (Humor)

Let's face it, we really trust science. In fact, studies suggests that the vast majority of people will murder another human being, if a guy in a lab coat tells them it's OK.But surely in their insatiable curiosity and desire to put knowledge above all things, science would never, say, inadvertently set off a chain of events that lead to some sort of disaster that ended the world. Right?Well, here's five experiments that may prove us wrong.Slighty NSFW, as it cointains a few bad words, but this is hilarious!

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We're all gonna die!!!

If you've seen the news you might have seen that the state of Florida is in the path of a tropical storm. However if you are in the state, seeing local coverage, you'll know that we're in the path of a Class 12 DeathStorm!!! In reality, the situation is even more dire than even the local news reports, I'm down to my last beer. One plus, it only took an imminent natural disaster to get our governor to visit the state, he's been too busy campaigning for mccain. I just want you to know, that is I don't make it out this time, the gold is buried under a big W!

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1000 watt inverter to power treadmill motor and controller?

I was planning to use a treadmill motor and controller that I found in the trash on a bicycle trailer to power it,geared down for slow speed with sprockets,since the motor is rated at 130 volts dc there was no way I was going to put that many batteries in there.so for fun I hooked it up to a 1000 w inverter and a single 12 v battery and it runs great. does anybody see any unforeseen disasters,not including a long visit to the hospital. has anybody tried this yet and not failed miserably ? ? I'm also curious on run time under load and with about 200 amp hrs @ 12v. any other nut jobs out there ? 

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Jak Pak

The worlds first jacket that combines a jacket with a sleeping bag and a tent.From the JakPAk site:(Jakpak) Active Engineering LLC proudly introduces the JakPak, the world's first all-in-one waterproof jacket, sleeping bag and tent. Created by Active Engineering to provide safety and comfort in an unpredictable world, JakPak is the only portable personal sleeping system on the market designed for outdoors and sports enthusiasts, as well as emergency preparedness.The patent pending JakPak design incorporates a waterproof sleeping bag, minimally-structured tent and insect netting into a comfortable jacket, creating an instant dry habitat that is ideal for outdoor sports enthusiasts, people living in areas prone to natural disaster, sports fans who will not be held back by a little rain, and anyone else in need of shelter.

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Water purifiation for flood victims

Hi, I am a flood relief volunteer based in India. During flood, many children get seriously sick due to consumption of contaminated water. The flood water is contaminated with suspended particles,rotting organic matter& pathogens( specially E-coli) . These people do not have access to electricity,sanitation & medical relief. I am working on small, cheap & effective water filters that can be made/assembled at the site. If someone can suggest methods to make effective turbid water filters using commonly available materials, or send me the links which can help make these filters, it will be a big big help. Thanks, Chandan Singh,GreenPower India.Images of last yr floods 1Images of last yr floods 2 Images of last yr floods 2

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bike powered wheat grinder

Any one with a food storage probably has wheat, i'de guess that 50% of those people don't have wheat grinders and if they do its either a puny hand grinder that would take 3 days to grind enough wheat for one meal, or an electric grinder and their assuming there will be electricity after every major disaster. there are plan's over the internet for hooking up bikes to hand grinders most of the plans i found require you to send money to the creator and they will send you plans so any ways i'm cheap and this sort of info would be to important to cost money if something bad happens (i mean really BAD like meteor showers, nuclear war, gamma bursts any thing like that) so what i'm wondering is there any plans on instructables for making a bike powered wheat grinder

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help writing a story?

I know that this type of question has been absolutely done to death (where did that expression come from anyway?) but I have a premise for a science fantasy story. I have a skeleton of an Idea of what the story will be, but here's what I have so far. Time: unspecified. Disaster: sometime in the distant past, a disaster the likes of which hadn't been seen since the biblical day's of old was swiftly falling upon the land. Somewhere in in the middle of the pacific ocean, a poisonous green fog begins to seep off of an unremarkable island, volcanic in origin, about a square mile in size. This wouldn't have been a problem, since such a small amount of fog would have eventually lost itself in the vastness of the planets atmosphere, and the stuff it was made of was largely biodegradable through a variety of ways found in nature. So it was sensationalized for a while, with the usual kerfluffle, and then it was quietly forgotten as some new crisis arose, banished to the shady corners of science, with only the ocassional visit from some obscure science foundation sponsored trip. And that was that. That is, until, somebody noticed it was growing. And  sure enough, it seemed that, contrary to what the specialists said, it was slowly, steadily, patiently growing, getting thicker and thicker. Eventually, (about four years) an expedition was chartered to go into the now opaque cloud. Here is one adventurers account of what it was like. " After a looong and boring flight, we neared the destination. Looking out, all I could see was what looked like a big greenish-brown mound. the truly weird thing about it was that it's edges weren't very well defined and looked like what you would expect something like a giant cloud of steam would look like that was left to dissipate, but there was a definite edge to it that billowed like a great sheet of canvas in the wind" Note: this is not the end of the story and setting, just my present atention span. I promise to include more of the setting and premise in the comments, but for now i'm completely fried. 

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Lack of experience = trouble ... do you think, you can help ???

Hi ... it's me again, with my stepper motors. Thanks to your previous answers, I was able to find out, that these are really stepper motors and I bought a motor shield for arduino to be able to operate them. I made a successful experiment with one of them (on second picture) ... but when I tried to modify the second motor for "bredboard use" I made a disaster. There where 4 pins that were melted in a plastic, that holds them in fixed position. But when I was trying to desolder them, by using a desoldering wick ... and heated one pin to much that it melted the plastic, it fell out and it got loose from the wire. As you can (hardly see) on the first picture ... I ended with an ULTRA thin wire that is really short(<2mm) and I don't know how to save/fix the motor. Any suggestions ??? Thank you very much in advance. Zholy

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Minor flood - Check your overflows ! ! !

   Just had a minor disaster here - Water dribbling through from the roof into the airing cupboard because the float valve on the hot water tank had stuck and the overflow pipe to the outside was blocked.  Rapid turning on of hot tap and leaning suicidally out of the window with a length of stiff copper wire to unblock the pipe averted a worse situation. The overflow appeared to be blocked with mud, and this is not the first time it happened.  Some years ago this happened in daylight and I could see the pipe was also full of mud and small pieces of stick.  I suspect that some insect - possibly a bee - had been nesting there.  Order of the day tomorrow is to put a one-way flap type arrangement over the overflow to stop it happening again. But this has also reminded me it's time to make some safer accommodation for bees, ladybirds etc for overwintering.  I'll be knocking up something like THIS tomorrow and maybe they'll leave my plumbing alone!

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Living Snow Globes

INSTRUCTABLES: www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.com We have been collecting glass jars and bottles for the arrival of our glass cutter. And while we are at the subject of plants, we have decided to make some mini terrariums. We talked about friends without green thumbs and the sweet token of giving something green. It is going to be a disaster if the gift dies before the next time you visit them. So, we thought of fool-proofing it by making terrariums. Terra is a word meaning Earth in Latin. It is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, with controls for environment conditions. The main requirement is that it be watertight to keep the moisture in. So, non-green thumbs ahoy! This means light watering every month or longer. The plants are usually hardy and do not grow quickly if you keep the water circulating. This is a fabulous mini sustainable environment to create, a sort of 'living snow globe'. A magical gift for kids and the office desk.

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I need some help in Tennessee shooting videos

I have LOTs of ideas, research, and projects.  unfortunatly I don't have a lot of time, money, or help.  My wife and I just had a baby, so my camerawoman is now performing mommy duties so I am looking for someone to help me in the mad scientist lab. I have some ideas for shooting some disaster scenario videos, how to, training (mostly firearms related), cooking (cheese, bread, fermention), beekeeping, and all sorts of urban homestead type stuff. I cannot pay at this time, but depending on the person, and what they bring to the table I am willing to negotiate for a more permenant arraigement. What I suggest is that if your interested take a look at my website, and if you think it is useful, and that you can enhance it shoot me an email or message me here. If your really good, I can offer you firearm classes in trade, up to and including instructor certifications for those that are qualified.

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Help! How do you do the acid-eaten clothing effect used by places like Lip Service Clothing?

I accidentally tossed my favorite, and only, pair of solid white pants into the wash with colored clothes, and now there's a stubborn blue streak/splotch down one leg and on the hip. I've bleached it numerous times, but it hasn't budged, so I fear I may have to dye them- But before I take such extreme measures and have to kiss my white!pants good bye, I thought I might just... destroy the blue and create a nifty effect as well. So, does anybody know how to do the acidy-holes effect (Even if it doesn't actually use acid) used by places like Tripp and Lip Service on 'post disaster' styled clothes? a link for reference, not my flikr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/84816093@N00/2914162433/ Any help would be much appreciated!

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