Free boat as really cheap housing?

Has anyone else thought of getting their hands on a free boat, buying some cheap land (It's apparently not hard to get 5 acres in deserty parts of America for $5000 or even less) and burying the boat in the ground up to the waterline? You could use solar for power, and if your boat was a sailboat, you could probably rig a windmill to the mast to generate more electricity. Any thoughts on the practicality of doing this? Could you just dig a hole and bury the boat, or would it need some sort of framework to support it properly? Would transporting the boat to your land be too expensive to be worth it?

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Any tips or tricks to obtain free or buy cheap land in the pacific northwest ?

I'd like to give up the silicon valley and move on my own land somewhere that is suitable for an off the grid cabin/year round home. Ideal land would be suitable for small family sized garden, be near fresh water and not be a total snow pile like in klamath falls in the winter. 2000 feet above sea level or lower would also be ideal for what I'm looking for. But I'm sure others might like to know how other people have gone off the grid without having to save money for 20 years just to get there.

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Best Government

I have always thought that a localist, complete democracy with communist economic system was superior.  The countries' sizes would be similar to counties in the USA (30-40 miles across), because every area is different and requires different laws.  Every human of age would have one vote in all matters.  A number of people would be hired, like congressmen, to vote on trivial things that the rest of the population doesn't care to vote on, but members of that group would have no more say-so than anyone else.  Laws would be written up by lawyers commissioned by citizens, and would be added to the next ballot if a predetermined number of signatures was obtained petitioning for it. Instead of buying things with money and being paid for work, workers would be given cards (like Drivers' Licenses) that allow them an amount of food and luxuries. In order to ensure that people do all the jobs that need to be done, a sliding pay scale would exist.  Job categories would be ranked in importance by periodic votes, and ranked in terms of positions filled by computer (if there are not enough farmers practicing, the ranking for farmers would go up).  Votes to determine importance of jobs would be done by occupations as wholes (farming would get one vote, clerks would get on vote, etc. in order to prevent jobs with the most people from voting themselves most important)  In this system, the most important jobs that have the lowest worker-to-necessary-worker ratio would get 50% more luxury entitlements than people with the least-important, most-practiced jobs.  Every worker would get the same amount of food, based on number of dependents.  People who could not work due to temporary or permanent disability would be given a special card that allows food, and fewer luxuries than full-time workers, and would need to be renewed periodically, to be sure that holders actually cannot work.  People who have lost their jobs would be issued a temporary unemployment card that allows them food and few luxuries while they look for a job.  They must demonstrate that they have been looking for a job to the best of their ability to keep their card.  Students would be allowed food and the smallest amount of luxuries, and their education would be free.  Standards for workers would be determined by popular vote. While each country would only be county-sized so that it can do what is best for itself, all the countries would be part of a United Nations style meeting that mediates to prevent war and puts regulations across all the countries. So, what do y'all think the best way is?  Please be wordy.

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Gorrilas

Feel Good Inc. Music Videowindmiil windmill for the landturn forever hand in hand take it all in on all your stride it is breaking falling downlove forever love is free now turn forever you and mewindmill windmill for the landis everybody inFeel Good Inc.Gorrilas

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Build your own Skateboard, Get a Free Yacht, Bike Painting Tips

  Build your own Skateboard The Free Yacht Saga Bike Painting Tips Camping Guide Clean and Wax a Surfboard Tetrahedral Kite Kite-Powered Land Proa Find a Local Bouldering Spot Sailboat in a Closet DIY Prescription Swimming Goggles Bike Guide Make a Disc Golf Basket Predict the Weather with Clouds Useful Knots Set Up a Slackline

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I Need an accessory for my iPhone that doesn't exist yet, except in TV land

Help, I'm tired And Don't Want to Get Up. I like to read on my ihone and listen to music in bed before going to sleep. When sitting up, this is pretty easy to do, but not while reclining. So I was watching the tube and a GEICO ad comes on. You see the face of aniPhone wwhile they tell you about the GEICO apps for the phone and what they do, and then the announcer says the infamous line about so easy a caveman can do it, and it's a cave man of course and he walks out yelling. BUT the phone is in some kind of device that holds it. Seems like you can use it hands free and it's attached to some kind of base for stability. This would be great for me. When holding the phone while I lie down, every time I shift the position of my hand (as in turning a page, going to a song) I dop the phone

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Where, in the US, could a person get away with living in a large tent for free? Answered

I am looking for ideas (of ANY kind) on where in the U.S. I could live (FULL -TIME) in a decent size tent FOR FREE. Is there land that I can live on for free in my tent?? I would like to stay in areas where it doesnt get too cold year round, and doesn't snow at all....But that isn't "set in stone". I really would like to just get away from the crazy, busy city and all that comes with it...And I want to live as free as possible. And by "free", I mean I would like to live rent free outdoors. Once I am able to do that, I think I will feel more free as a human being. :) Thank you for any ideas or suggestions!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEWLY ADDED TO THIS TOPIC FROM AUTHOR:~~~~~~~~~~~ I also posted this in reply to someone's message to me on this site...But I wanted to make sure everyone else read this too because it gives more info on what I am trying to do: This is just gonna sound crazy...But I have 2 cats that I will be bringing with me on the road. I refuse to leave them behind cuz they have been with me through a lot of things in my life, and they are like my kids now! lol! So I have to make sure they have a living space to run around in and get proper excersize (hence, why I am choosing to live in a large canvas tent that will be about the same size as my studio apt that I currently live in). I am choosing to live in a canvas tent because I believe that it will be the CHEAPEST, safest, sturdiest, large enough structure for me and the "kids" to live in for a while. I am also planning on buying a van to travel in for this adventure. I think it will be the easiest and CHEAPEST way to transport me, my cats, and the large canvas tent to where I want to go.                                            

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MARS: Fire & Ice - this Sunday @ The Crucible

The Crucible and NASA presents: MARS: Fire & IceSunday, May 25th, 1-5pmIt's a FREE Open House to celebrate the Phoenix spacecraft landing on Mars. Experience the mission via live feeds from NASA, browse a Mars-themed art show, learn more about space exploration, watch fiery demonstrations, and test your skills with Mars-oriented pinball machines - all in The Crucible's 56,000 square feet of studio space where scientists, engineers, and artists of all kinds come to play. The Crucible - 1260 7th Street - Oakland, CA

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Holy shi*, there are only 2 Canadians on this site!

I am scared! how can there only be 2 patriotic Canadians!!!!! English: O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, We stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. Français: Ô Canada! Terre de nos aïeux, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux! Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix! Ton histoire est une épopée Des plus brillants exploits. Et ta valeur, de foi trempée, Protégera nos foyers et nos droits, Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. 23 Cannon salute, then 1 min silence and YAY! Done, Now all you Canadians, join my Canadians group!

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Help With Senior Project; Building a MOUT Facility.

Even though it is a few years down the road (two, to be precise), I would like to begin this ambitious project sooner rather than later. I plan to build an Airsoft/ Paintball MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) facility, that is, a small scale town to do battle in. An example would be the Jericho facility found via Google search. It is my hope to build this (mine, not Jericho) facility and make a profit from it, possibly turn it into a business. I know this is a major project, which is why I am asking for any advice you can give. Is there any way I can obtain cheap materials? Have any hints on buying or (hopefully) obtaining free land? Any advice at all will be appreciated.

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Rougham Kite Festival 2008 - PHOTOS

Single-line, stunt and power kites, plus giant inflatables that need small trucks to anchor them.Artistic displays, stunt shows. Kites to try, kites to buy, kites to make.A high-altitude licence (UK law normally restricts kites to around 60 metres - the festival gets special permission to fly to hundreds of metres) and a real-ale tent.What more could you need? Even the long-term forecast is promising (as opposed to the year before last, when one of the trilobites broke free and landed several villages away).I plan to be there (wearing a Robot tee) do you?LinkEDIT: I took a few photos - I put 84 of them on Flickr

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I'm Back

Hey everyone,     I know it's been a very long while since I posted last, but after much ado I am returning to Instructables to contribute more material in what ways I can. For those of you who are curious, the major highlights since I posted last are: 1) Graduated college (bachelor's in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University) 2) Started up my own website with a friend to share some of our electronics projects 3) Landed an internship far away from home (Ohio). I'm hailing from the LA area for the summer. 4) Ran my first 5k (okay, not of the same magnitude as the above, but I needed a good fourth item :-P)     For those of you that know me, and even for those of you that don't, feel free to ask me about anything. I'm particularly good with electronics and math (especially mental math).

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Get Your Picture on the Homepage!

AudreyObscura here, I have been the gal photographing most of the featured authors for the recent homepage re-design. I am encouraging YOU! YES, YOU! to help us keep our homepage exciting and fresh! We are seeking excellent images of the community's authors, but keep in mind we have a particular aesthetic we are seeking: Images of Authors working on their projects Portraits of Authors in their workspace (kitchens! studios! where ever you make stuff!) High-res, well lit images (2000 px on it's SHORTEST side) Land-scape orientation Strong compositions Excellent accompanying instructables I will continue to photograph local authors, and I'll keep the forum updated as I travel to other areas. I'll tell you where I'll be, and you let me know if you want a photo taken while I'm there. By no means should we limit ourselves to featuring just the authors that I am able to visit. So take great picture of yourself working on your projects, and we might just feature your work in our Homepage Rotator. If you want more information feel free to PM me and I will try and coach you through making great photos for the site. Please post your photos in the forum topic below :) YAY!!!!!!

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I need a simulator simpler than OpenSim. Read the details. Do you have suggestions? Answered

When writing, it sometimes helps to build a diorama of a setting. You can then place characters and examine key points from different perspectives. You can even act out the entire scene. Yes, it sounds like playing with dolls, and it certainly is... but it is a huge help to visualize an event so that you can really describe it in your writing. The problem is, a diorama can be time-consuming and sometimes even expensive to set up... and I certainly don't have much space in my home for one. What I need is a virtual diorama. For the current project, I wish for a house with several rooms, a back yard, a small section of street, and a small piece of forested wilderness(all can be separate)... so I need a program that's fairly flexible. First thought was to set up a local OpenSim server, but I ran into a lot of difficulty getting it running and getting content (i.e. props and houses) is a nightmare. Worse, bugs and quirks made it difficult to use in practice. After two weeks of setting up a virtual environment, I crashed the server during a backup and corrupted the whole installation. So OpenSim is not suitable for me. I tried Second Life too, because I figured I'd rent a small piece of land and build on it. Second Life has the advantage of having a lot of content available, but getting a chunk of land big enough to do what I need is too expensive for me, and all the areas I checked out were too laggy. Other things I tried or examined were FPS video games (with map editors) and the Sims... both presented their own problems. I'm open to suggestions on either. Anyway, this is long-winded enough so I'm going to get right to requirements. Here's what I need: -3d simulation with an easily configurable environment. -Simple to use. Need "duh duh" simple" -No distractions. -Little loading or lag time. -A reasonably good selection of objects and props such as houses, furniture, streetlights, asphalt and plants. -The ability to place characters where I want them. Here's what isn't necessary: -Characters don't have to have any animation and can be as simple as cardboard cutouts. -Doesn't have to be free. -Doesn't have to be specific to any OS or hardware.

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Whats been made allready

Here is a list of all the questions answered as of Saturday 17th - Midday # How to Write a Cover Letter # How to Potty Train a Child - DONE # How to house train a puppy # How to get sap or resin off of a car # How to build a baby gate # How to moonwalk # Tips for being a Gothic Lolita # How to land a plane # What to do in a car crash - DONE # Push start a car # Jump a Dead Car Battery # How to split logs # How to roast a pig # How to make a corsage # How to silence your critics # How to kick-start a motorcycle # How to get rid of foot fungus # Pick a hat that looks good on you - DONE # How to eat healthy - DONE # How to meet girls # How to meet guys # How to do laundry - DONE # Get rid of circles under your eyes # How to look younger # How to cope with aging # Politely end a conversation # How to leave school early - DONE # How to give a hickey # How to hide a hickey # How to look good # How to be attractive # Get a free upgrade to first class - DONE # Sneak into large events - DONE # How to retire young # Stock Investment Tips - DONE # How to improve eyesight - DONE # Properly stretch before exercise # How to be a rock star # Increase battery life for electronics # How to Identify Constellations # Get rid of woodpeckers # How to get rid of unwanted animals - DONE

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Geology in action: A mid-ocean ridge you can visit on vacation!

UPDATE Jun 2011:  ScienceNews has a very nice feature about Afar, with an excellent narrative summary of items since the current spreading event began in 2005. UPDATE Nov 2009:  Science magazine only keeps their news articles free for a short time.  The link below requires paid access to read.  Wikipedia has an article on the volcano. A news article in this week's (May 2009) Science magazine online reports on a very unusual volcano. Located directly in the center of east Africa's Great Rift Valley, it is spewing a unique kind of lava. The Great Rift Valley is a place where one of Earth's tectonic plates is actively dividing in two -- the eastern tip of Africa and the Arabian peninsula is separating from the rest of Africa. In several million years there will be a brand new ocean (not a "sea") like the Atlantic, and the Great Rift Valley will become its mid-ocean ridge. This African volcano is essentially an example of the undersea volcanoes that run down the spreading center along the middle of the Atlantic (Iceland is a set of them that are above the ocean surface). If you want to see what was happening when the Atlantic Ocean was forming, and Brazil was being broken away from West Africa, go visit Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. ADDED:  Besides the world's only active (on land!) natrocarbonatite volcano, the Great Rift Valley also has examples of sheeted dikes forming and breaking through to the surface.

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Best method for mounting teflon servo arms to a base (metal or wood)?

I am currently working on a simple tilt system for a mobius camera on a quadcopter. Basicly, when FPV flying, I want to be able to look directly down, and straight ahead, so I know what is below me as well as get some good footage. I have 3 parts that need to be mounted together. A small, sub-micro servo, a plastic shell/case for the mobius camera, and a fabricated piece that extends from the bottom of the quadcopter, to the servo, allowing just enough room for the servo to turn the camera ~90 degrees. I have hot glued the camera case/shell directly to the servo, so that the arm of it is free to turn directly above the center hole. The arm that mounts there then somehow needs to be mounted to a little board or something that extends down from below the quadcopter body. That piece is not difficult to mount, however, the teflon servo arm needs to firmly mount to that piece. So far I have tried hot glue (peels right off the teflon after some vibration) and universal JP weld (that grey and black stuff that takes a REALLY long time to set, and same problem). Whenever possible, I prefer to not use glue, as it is messy, sloppy and bad-looking, as well as permanent and fragile when it does work. I may sometime plan to change the design, I would prefer better mounting techniques, and do not want the bonds to break with large shock from a crash landing.

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Whats been made allready - UPDATED

Here is a list of all the questions answered...# How to Write a Cover Letter - DONE# How to Potty Train a Child - DONE# How to house train a puppy - DONE# How to get sap or resin off of a car - DONE# How to build a baby gate# How to moonwalk# Tips for being a Gothic Lolita# How to land a plane - DONE# What to do in a car crash - DONE# Push start a car - DONE# Jump a Dead Car Battery - DONE# How to split logs# How to roast a pig# How to make a corsage# How to silence your critics# How to kick-start a motorcycle - DONE# How to get rid of foot fungus# Pick a hat that looks good on you - DONE# How to eat healthy - DONE# How to meet girls - DONE# How to meet guys# How to do laundry - DONE# Get rid of circles under your eyes - DONE# How to look younger# How to cope with aging# Politely end a conversation# How to leave school early - DONE# How to give a hickey# How to hide a hickey# How to look good# How to be attractive# Get a free upgrade to first class - DONE# Sneak into large events - DONE# How to retire young# Stock Investment Tips - DONE# How to improve eyesight - DONE# Properly stretch before exercise# How to be a rock star# Increase battery life for electronics - DONE# How to Identify Constellations# Get rid of woodpeckers# How to get rid of unwanted animals - DONEIf another instructable has been made already, let me know and I will update it...And don't forget to vote the instructables you like best!

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Woodpigeon Stroganoff

My friend got permission from a local farmer to go shooting on his land. As a result he gave me 4 wood pigeons and a recipe. I didn't take enough pictures for a full instructable so I thought I would post it here on the forums for and foodies interested. It's delicious, tastes a little of kidney but without the pissy irony taste you sometimes get. I'd recommend cooking it until it's pink inside but no longer, it's beautifully tender when still pink and gets tougher as you cook it longer. I used double the recipe below to serve 4 people. The pigeons were quite large, I plucked the feathers from the breast to clear it then cut a slit in the skin before peeling it all back. I then slit down either side of the breast bone and stuck my thumbs in to peel out the breast. A slit at the bottom and top end should allow you to pull it free. WOODPIGEON STROGANOFF breasts of 2 woodpigeon cut into long 20mm thick strips 1/2 400gm tin of chopped tomatoes 1 medium onion sliced not diced 1 red pepper sliced not diced 1 tbsp of smoked paprika 1 oz of butter 142 ml carton of sour cream A handful of chopped parsley 1 - Gently sweat the onions and pepper in the butter for 2 minutes then add the paprika and cook until onions are soft. 2 - Increase the heat and when it starts to sizzle add the pigeon strips and fry until all sides are sealed. 3 - Add the tinned tomatoes a little at a time so the pan doesn`t cool too much then add 1/2 the soured cream a little at a time. 4 - Check the pigeon strips are cooked to the doneness you like(pink for me) then throw in the parsley stir and serve with rice and a dollop of sour cream on top.

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August 28th, 1963

On this day, a Baptist minister from Atlanta Georgia stood up in front of a quarter of a million people, and said this: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But 100 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.And so we've come here today to dramatize an appalling condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a cheque. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of colour are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad cheque which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we've come to cash this cheque - a cheque that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.The marvellous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realise that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights: "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning: "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.But not only that.Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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Honolulu MiniMakers Faire

The 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire in Honolulu from noon to 5 pm on Saturday, June 25th, 2016. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Attendance is Free!  Free parking is available onsite. honoluluminimakerfaire.eventbrite.com Scheduled events at the faire: Drone Racer-X Circuit Skills Course: This is a timed event where the operator must fly their drone through multiple obstacles.  The goal is to complete all challenges in the shortest time. 1 12:00 – 12:30 pm 2 12:30 –   1:00 pm 3   1:00 –    1:30 pm 4   1:30 –    2:00 pm Speed Course: The race will consist of three laps around the course.   At the completion of the last lap the pilot will land on a predetermined landing zone for additional seconds bonus. 1 2:30 – 3:00 pm 2 3:00 – 3:30 pm 3 3:30  - 4:00 pm 4 4:00 – 4:30 pm NOTE:  There will be an awards ceremony for the Racer-X Circuits at approx. 4:45 pm by the Baseball Field Soldering Workshop (1st Floor): This is a great introduction to soldering.  Each session will take approx. 30 minutes starting at noon with the last session starting at 4:30 pm. 1 12:00 – 12:30 pm 6 2:30 – 3:00 pm 2 12:30 –   1:00 pm 7 3:00 – 3:30 pm 3   1:00 –   1:30 pm 8 3:30 – 4:00 pm 4   1:30 –   2:00 pm 9 4:00 – 4:30 pm 5   2:00 –   2:30 pm 10 4:30 – 5:00 pm Internet of Things - Build a Raspberry Pi media server workshop (4th Floor) : Learn about the building blocks of the Internet of Things and how a tiny $35 single board computer called the Raspberry Pi has become one of the most popular starting points for automating everything from plant watering and hydroponics, to internet surveillance cameras to robots. 1 1:00 – 2:00 pm 2 2:00 – 3:00 pm 3 3:00 – 4:00 pm 4 4:00 – 5:00 pm Presentations (3rd Floor):  1 12:30 –  1:15 PM Noel Kawano: Recent advancements in 3D and high resolution displays has enabled a news means of creating immersive display environments at the commercial level, developing and prototyping a new class of CyberCANOE to study and challenge existing VR environments. 2   1:30 –   2:15 PM Jerry Isdale: Virtual Reality 2.0.16.  This talk will provide an overview of the multiple technologies, applications, challenges and opportunities for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality systems. 3   2:30 –   3:15 PM Melissa May White: Moving Hawaii Fashion Forward.  Melissa will discuss current initiatives to revitalize Made in Hawaii fashion, and share her perspective on the past, present, and future of Hawaii fashion as a key part of Hawaii's maker community. 4   3:45 –   4:15 PM Ted Ralston: Flying your Drone Legally.  One of the first things you want to do after building your own drone is to fly it of course.  Learn about the latest rules and regulations. Sponsors High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) ‘Iolani School; Maui Makers UH SOEST Advanced Network Computing Lab HICapacity Computational Thinkers Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii Oahu Makerspace.

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Cabin photos from indie book release- Mobile shack/trailer/fort/camper made from trash

As promised, here's some photos of one of the newer JUNK CABINS I'm building.... AND...  http://relaxshax.wordpress.com/2010/01/    Its part of the indie book I just released on small houses/shacks... This cabin's nothing fancy, and stands at a mere 24 square feet, but it sleeps two (bunk-style), has a dutch style door (made from two recycled kitchen cabinet doors), and all in all is almost completely made from salvaged roadside/free materials- even most of the screws and nails. The paint (to make all the forklift pallet wood and scrap wood appear uniform) was unfortunately purchased (but after I sold some salvaged/found junk on craigslist). Also, The roof was originally made from mdf plywood/particle board from old stereo cabinets and tv armoirs (and an entire junked roll of roofing paper), but that proved too heavy for this wheeled/mobile cabin. In the endrun, I bit the bullet and bought some tuffex panels for roofing, which DOES give the interior some nice natural light- the only reason I decided to "cheat" with this route.      When finished, the cabin will have a mini-woodstove created from an old propane gas tank I nabbed at the dump (safety/workability pending), an outdoor kitchen/prep area attached to the cabin., and perhaps a small broken solar light kit I rewired and fixed. I'll also finish the wine-bottle window (not shown).    Anyway, thanks for looking!  Built to fit a trailer of mine, I'm eventually planning on hauling it up to my land in VT, where it can be used as lo-fi guest cabin or sorts, for those who always forget to bring tents.

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Burning Man How-Tos, Costumes, Bikes, and Tips & Tricks

Burning Man, the famous weeklong festival of music, art, free expression, and much more in the Nevada desert, is just around the corner. Whether you're a Burning Man veteran, a first-timer, or someone who is interested from afar, here's a list of some Instructables that will help you prepare and make your unique Burning Man experience even better. General Advice TimAnderson's Tips by TimAnderson Learn all about Burning Man and easy, creative ways to keep yourself prepared and safe from TimAnderson's documentation of his trip to the festival last year.   HalcyonPink's Tips by HalcyonPink In this video and the follow-up, Burning Man veteran HalcyonPink gives you his advice.   Find Your Fashion Fire Skirt by la The popular fire skirt uses EL wire to give your clothes some personality.   Angel Wings by fairywingsandthings If your attire of choice requires wings, you're well covered: you could try these angel wings or a different version .   Color-Changing Scarf by enlighted You can't go wrong with clothes that light up.   Electric Umbrella by sockmaster You can't go wrong with accessories that light up, either.   Bikes and the Like Wobble Bike by dan For a fun twist on a regular bike, convert it into a wobble bike that you have to steer from both the back and the front.   Kite-Powered Land Proa by aerohydro Derived from a water proa Instructable, this vehicle transplants the idea to land--ideal for flat, dry terrain like the playa.   Tall Bike by TimAnderson Get an aerial view of all the action while you bike along with this tall bike that anyone can build. .   Chopper Bicycle by KoolKat Few bike designs are as functional and attention-grabbing as the chopper, and you can follow these directions to upgrade your old bike, chopper style.   Furry Pink Bike by HalcyonPink Burning Man is all about being creative and expressing yourself--and your bike is a perfect item to deck out in your own personal style.   LED Bike Wheel Images by ladyada Transform your bike wheels with LEDs that you can program to glow to form various patterns, images, and designs .   Shelter and Shade Parachute Shade Structure by benjcarson This Burning Man-tested structure will help protect you from the raw elements of the playa.   Rebar Tent Stakes by tk1314 Normal tent stakes won't be too effective at Burning Man, but these made from rebar prevent impaling and will hold your tent firmly.   Portable Yurt by TimAnderson This version of a yurt, a Mongolian tent-like structure, is portable and can be assembled and disassembled easily.   Fire, Flying Things, and Other Fun Firebreathing by Tetranitrate A combination of fire, art, and fun, you can light up the desert night with firebreathing tricks.   Cincinnati Fire Kite by stasterisk Kiting is a very popular activity at Burning Man, and you can join in with a this kite that combines flying and fire together into a night-time spectacle.   Fire Staff by Stone Light both ends of the staff and spin to create your own patterns.   Candle-Powered Hot Air Balloon by ewilhelm A simple combination of birthday candles, painter's plastic, and balsa wood can turn into a functional hot air balloon.   Homemade Poi by Hydra Learn to make homemade practice poi that can be used anywhere--and check out other Instructables on how to spin poi and other DIY poi designs.   If you're going to Burning Man this year, we hope this helps and have a fun, safe, and exciting experience!

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Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

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Converting gravitational potential energy into air pressure to launch a projectile?

Hello my name is Aaron! I am a high school senior from northeastern Kentucky designing a pneumatic system of sorts for a science competition and need some help. I will be building a device that converts gravitational potential energy, from a falling mass, into air pressure (or possibly the movement of air depending on the design) to launch a projectile a specific distance (max distance needed is 8.25 m). What I am thinking about doing is using one double action pneumatic cylinder (DAPC) as a bellow in which a falling mass (max 3.500 kg at a max 90 cm) would strike its piston shaft, creating positive pressure within the system. With that positive pressure another DAPC’s piston would simultaneously strike our projectile sending it airborne in theory. Below there is an illustration of my idea, sorry about the poor quality. So what I need help determining is would this design work before I start buying parts? If so what approximate sizes should the two cylinders be and should they be different sizes to maximize the force exerted on the projectile? If you have any other ideas concerning the design or any questions about the project PLEASE feel free to share!!! Below are some of the design rules that pertain to this project along with some notes in italics about them. Thank you very much for your time in advance! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Description:    -Prior to competition, teams will design, construct, and calibrate a single device capable of launching projectiles into a target and collect data regarding device parameters and performance. Design Constraints:    -The launching force must be entirely supplied by the gravitational potential energy from a falling mass less than or equal to 3.500 kg. Any device part whose potential energy decreases and provides launch energy is considered part of the mass. The mass may consist of multiple discrete parts, which together count as the total mass.    -During each launch, the gravitational potential energy must be converted to air pressure or air movement, which is then used to launch the projectile, either directly (e.g., pop gun style, etc.) or indirectly (e.g., using a pneumatic cylinder to swing an arm, etc.) All device air chambers must start at ambient air pressure and must automatically return to ambient air pressure.    -The launching device (would look similar to this with the adjustable angle to accommodate different ranges), including the projectile and all components, must fit within a 75.0 cm x 75.0 cm x 1.00 m box in ready-to-launch configuration, in any orientation chosen by the team. Weights used to stabilize the device must be within the box.    -The triggering device (would look something like this except elevated with a mass suspended ready to be released) in not considered part of the device and must not contribute energy to the launch. It must extend out of the launch area, allow for the competitors to remain at least 1.00 m away from the launch area, and does not need to return to the launch area after launch. The triggering device must not pose a danger to anyone due to flying parts or excessive movement outside the launch area.    -Teams must provide unmodified tennis, racquet, ping pong, and/or plastic practice golf balls to be used as projectiles. Teams may change projectiles for each launch.    -The launching device must be designed and operated in such a way to not damage or alter the floor.    -Electrical components are not allowed as part of the device or triggering device. The Competition:    -Two targets, designated by small marks on tape on the floor or panels lying on the floor, must be placed in front of and centered on an imaginary line parallel to the launch direction that bisects the launch are. Supervisors are encouraged to place sand, cat litter, or similar substance in the area around the targets to help indicate landing spots.    -The targets must be placed in front of the launch area at distances between 2.00 m and 8.00 m (in intervals of 10 cm). A distance of at least 2.00 m must separate the targets. Target distances must not be announced until after impound is over and must be the same for all teams. Room ceiling height should be considered when setting the distances.

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ability of zombie in left for dead part 2

Smoker Appearance: An average-sized Infected with huge tumors all over its arms and face. Has a very long tongue as well. This tongue can be shed when the Smoker is injured, allowing them to get away. Sounds: Talk about an anti-smoking agenda. The Smoker makes all sorts of horrible wheezing and coughing sounds when idle. Launching the tongue creates a sort of slurping sound, and the music becomes dramatic whenever a survivor is being strangled to death. When they die, they explode with a puffing noise. Strengths: The Smoker is the longest-distance Infected and can easily separate groups of survivors through good use of its tongue. When a survivor is being strangled, they can't do anything to free themselves (much like the Hunter's pounce). This forces a teammate to run to the person and free them, potentially causing more problems for the survivors. They have a tendency to find the nooks and crannies where it is hard to see them, climb up on building, or move around in groups of regular infected in order to surprise the survivors. Weaknesses: In-between the Boomer and Hunter is where the Smoker's durability sits. They can only take a few shots before dying, making it essential for them to catch survivors off guard. When they grab a survivor, the survivor has a few seconds to fire at the Smoker before they become constricted. If they deal enough damage, the Smoker will let go and possibly even die. When constricting a survivor, any other survivor can bash or shoot the tongue or smoker to cause it to release the person they are strangling. Bashing the player counts as bashing the tongue, but shooting them does not. Special: Smokers are relatively harmless by themselves due to their weak damage output. However, much like the Boomer, they can turn an entire game around. If a smoker grabs and manages to strangle a player, it can force the other teammates to chase the player down and save them. On top of this, they often linger in large groups of common Infected, which will attack the strangled survivor and act as a shield for the Smoker. Tank Appearance: Muscle, muscles, and more muscles! The Tank wouldn't look out of place in Gears of War. They are gigantic, drag their knuckles along the ground, and run like apes. If you manage to miss seeing a Tank, you've got to be blind. A hilarious detail: Tanks have no lower jaws, so their tongues just dangle! Sounds: The Tank snorts, bellows, and generally sounds like an angry rhinoceros. The ground nearby trembles as they move, and the music gets very intense and action-oriented when one starts attacking the players. Crashing sounds are common as well, as they throw cars and chunks of landscape as well as rip apart doors. Strengths: Where to begin? The Tank is the single toughest Infected in the game. They can absorb an unholy amount of damage, forcing the entire team to work together to kill one. They can rip off chunks of the environment to hurl at the players, and will also throw cars. They can tear through certain parts of the environment, like pillars and barricades. Not even safehouse doors can stand up to a Tank. A player that is hit by a Tank will be flung, heavily damaged, and will be stunned on landing, unable to move. Weaknesses: A Tank can only take on a single survivor at a time, where all survivors can unload on them. They can't bash through obstacles, so walls and certain environmental objects will hinder them. They have to climb up like any normal Infected, as they can't leap. Any long-range attack can be easily dodged. They have a huge profile, which makes it almost impossible to miss them. Special: Tanks are big, dumb brutes, so use this to your advantage. They take time to find a target, and will get slowed down by environmental obstacles. With one person acting as bait, a Tank can be taken out extremely quickly as long as anybody, bait included, has a semi-automatic shotgun. Tanks are also highly flammable, and will burn until they die. Witch Appearance: Almost-naked, panting, gaunt, disturbing-looking woman with huge claws. Always has a red light on them, no matter where they may be in a level. Witches are the exact opposite of Tanks in appearance, being thin, small, and low-profile. Sounds: There is no creepier ambience in Left 4 Dead than that which surrounds a Witch. The Witch cries and sobs as long as it has been undisturbed, and the music becomes very creepy and disturbing as one gets closer and closer to a Witch. When they have been startled, it screams and chases down the offending survivor, letting loose random cries. Strengths: The Witch is the second-toughest Infected, next to the Tank. They also deal the most damage out of any Infected, as they are able to incapacitate (Easy through Advanced) or kill (Expert) any survivor with a single strike. They have great hearing, and any gunshots or explosions nearby will startle them, causing them to chase down the survivor that startled them. Weaknesses: The Witch will only chase down a single survivor before running away. The survivor which is closest and dealing the most damage is a target, but the one that startled the Witch will usually be the one that ends up taking the hit if it gets close enough. They're fast, but are slowed down a lot by doors and other obstacles. They can be sneaked by if the survivors turn off flashlights and walk instead of run. Special: The Witch is the only special Infected that can't be controlled by a player, for obvious reasons. A survivor with a semi-automatic shotgun can sneak up on a Witch (right next to one, in fact), point their gun at her, and unload a full clip into her before she can fully respond. This is the easiest way to take out Witches that are blocking essential paths, such as ones that are in subway cars in the second level of No Mercy.

Topic by Waren-Neutron 


How to Go to Maker Heaven

Dear Pier 9, You are a place like no other, and I’m so glad you came into my life.  I was a full time Artist in Residence at the Pier for 4 months, and I doubt I have ever been so simultaneously intellectually stimulated, inspired and intimidated at any other point.  When I came to the Pier I had been living in New York for 8 years, and I had just decided to make a permanent migration back to my homeland on the West Coast.  I’d heard rumors about the rampant culture of innovation in the Bay Area, but I was still totally unprepared for the explosion of creative energy and excitement that is the nerdy artist heaven called Pier 9. Maybe I’m just getting older and less jaded… but in the last few years, I have felt a change in the world, a shift in attitude from angst to optimism, from critique to creation, and I think places like the Pier exemplify this new positive force.  The fact that a multinational corporation like Autodesk has allocated a significant amount of resources to giving the imaginations of a bunch of madcap inventors, artists, engineers and other creatives free reign in a beautiful lab with a bunch of cutting edge machines… well, to me that says good things about the direction of the world.  But what really makes the Pier special, I think, is the fact that all the creativity taking place there is fundamentally motivated by the philosophy of Instructables; by the idea that knowledge should be shared.  I have never encountered a group of people so willing to share their ideas and skills, and so excited to help make other people’s dreams a reality.  And the feeling was really infectious!  Everyone was so ridiculously helpful, that on the rare occasion I had the opportunity to teach someone else a skill, it felt like a treat. That’s not to say that my experience at the Pier was all sunshine and roses.  It was exhausting and draining, and very ego challenging.  When I first arrived I was incredibly overwhelmed by all the new information I was intaking.  I had projects in mind, but those ideas were quickly swept away in the tide of new ideas that arose with every fascinating technology, and possibility I encountered.  Having nearly unlimited options can be paralyzing, and I fell pray to this paralysis many times at the Pier.  One of the pitfalls of having so many amazing minds in one place is that someone always has a new idea that will either revolutionize the project you are working on, or cause you to completely change direction and start working on something new.  That can be great, but if you aren’t careful it can cause acute artistic ADD. I think most creative journeys have a similar arc.  When you are learning new skills, it can take a while for the quality of the work you are producing to catch up with your creative vision.  I definitely felt that way at the Pier.  During my time there, my work ended up going on a journey from two dimensions to three dimensions.  I started out by experimenting with laser cutting.  I am a costume designer, and was interested in creating a wearable mechanical flower that would illuminate and open and close in response to its environment.  My first attempts to create this form felt very flat and lifeless to me, so I stepped away from the flower project and focused on figuring out how to create something much more three dimensional with the two dimensional process of laser cutting.  The result was a costume constructed from laser cut leather and el wire.  After that I decided I was ready to tackle 3D modeling and 3D printing, so I went back to my flower idea, and spent the rest of my time at the Pier testing and developing this form.  It was a really new and interesting process, 3D modeling and prototyping with the amazing Objet printers.  It also gave me the chance to work closely with two other awesome Artists in Residence, Paolo Salvagione and JoeJoe Martin.  It really underlined for me that the most important resource at the Pier is the people.  No matter how many incredible machines you have under one roof, they are only as good as the minds running them.  Noah Weinstein and the other amazing innovators who run the Pier have done such an incredible job of gathering together a diverse, brilliant, exciting, and truly kind-hearted group of people… the place practically buzzes with welcoming creative energy as soon as you walk through the door.  Also, putting relatively self-actualized creators in an environment where there are so many options and resources results in some incredibly interesting glimpses into individual human passion and curiosity.  I might not have fully understood why some of my fellow AiRs were so fascinated by stacking tetrahedrons, drawing graphically detailed pictures of intestinal parasites, or creating physical bodies for virtual bots, but witnessing each artist’s commitment to their singular pursuit was in itself a fascinating and beautiful experience. So much of our lives are spent trying to make practical things happen, it’s an rare opportunity to get to spend a dedicated amount of time just exploring the potential of creative ideas.  I really think that is what Pier 9 is about, providing a place that nurtures our human desire to create, explore and learn… with a kick ass set of resources to facilitate that exploration.  Honestly, during my time there I wish I had been able to let go and enjoy that process more.  It’s not always easy to escape the concepts of deadlines and expectations, but sometimes freeing yourself from those constraints is the only way to create anything truly new.  I very much believe that what is growing at Pier 9 is a new and exciting kind of creative ecosystem, and I hope it will inspire the creation of many more similar environments.  I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten a chance to be an explorer on the frontiers of Maker Land.  Thank you so much Noah and Vanessa.

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Tempered glass screen protectors - understand and beware!

I recently had the joy of needing a new screen protector for my mobile after being dumb enough to drop it on gravel. The hard cover took all the impact but the film protector on the screen was scratched badly. Was old and partially worn anyway so I decided to upgrade to a Tempered Glass screen protector. Being somewhere rural I had no chance to get one in a shop so I ordered online. With no intention of advertising for some sellers, I collected a few links so you can check what I am talking about: Item1 Item2 Item3 Item4 Item5 Item6 So, what is my concern with these? They all can be found on amazon and other online services as well as on local markets... As I said I ordered a glass screen protector. If you check these listings and even some of the packing you will notice they all have a thing in common - being shatter proof and of 9H hardness. I also love this video showing how to remove and fix a glass screen protector! The last time I checked glass had one very distinct feature: It is hard and before it really bends it breaks - unless you use fibre optics of fibre glass cloth... What is my concern and warning here? Pretty simple: Stay away from expensive scams! Some claim their screen protector is only 0.25mm thick, even the 0.2mm one I measured was over 0.5mm with the glue... The hardness of 9H refers to the so called Moh's hardness - look it up on Wikipedia if you like. That means these tempered glass protectors would have a similr hardness than a diamond, or at least close to it. Problem is that they are made from plastic to start with and not glass at all. They claims that the screen protector is flexible because it is so thin - again a fake! Even the thinnest tempered glass will shatter if you bend it enough, not so these plastic ones. If you think I am making all this up try to use a really sharp knife or deburring tool and cut the thin sides of one of these protectors. All the ones I tested could be cut quite easy - and I though glass can't be cut with a kinfe... A nice website showing that the scratch resistance is far from the claims can be found here. And a video showing how a real glass screen protector sounds and breaks can be found here. So is it really all bad and should I avoid getting one? Not really if it is only for the added protection. To be clear here, and without the intention to blame any of the above sellers, some protectors actually do have a top layer made from glass and you can hear it as in the above video - it sound solid and not like plastic if you tap it with something hard. Another factor is the simple fact that plastic absorbs impact much better than glass. So where a real glass screen protector might shatter and crack like in the above video, the fake ones might one get a nasty dint or scratch. But you should be aware and clear about what you get and what to expect from it. These glass imitations are made from a strong polycarbonate plastic, similar to the stuff used for bullet and explosion proof "glas" windows - if you every watched the Mythbusters you have seen the big sheets I mean. The top layer of these things is specially treated to repell water, oil and dirt, it also gives the surface the good scratch resistance. The technique is nothing new, camera lenses, plastic sheets and the clear covers you see over the timetable at your bus stop all use it. The new thing is to intentionally mislable a product to make the consumer think it is glass ;) What is the real difference for the user? Check this video. Here a guy performs a drop test with a real glass screen protector. Thing is once the protector breaks the screen itself is broken too but until then it was not too bad. Here it is demonstrated how a real glass screen protector reacts to certain types of abuse - one of the reason I decided on glass. Compared to the plastic counterfeits just the sound on the glass is worth it, but I think the hacksaw was best. Another video from XDA gives a bit more info on how the glass is made - if you can't seeing a phone being abused then don't watch the drop tests at the end ;) Glass with these hardness levels and types of surface protection will give the user a long and worry free use of the phone. The plastic fakes will perform at a similar level for some time but will show signs of wear long before even the top coat of the glass one fails. Both types have their uses and if the fakes would be labeled correctly the user would actually benefit from that. On bigger screens like a tablet I would actually prefer the plastic ones to prevent damage once it needs replacing. On a mobile used in less than perfect conditions I would also go for plastic as it usually is a bit thinner and will fit better within quality hard covers. But when it comes to real abuse like using with dirty fingers most of the time or mostly outdoors where a lot of dust and fine sand can be involved I always go for glass. If you paid attention to the surface treatment then you already realised that the plastic and the glass are in the same region, making them quite scratch resistant. Still fine sand or metal dust will scratch it.... The difference is in the hardness of the actual material that was covered with the oleophobic film. Glass will not give in any way, where plastic is much softer - so not to be confused with the surface hardness! This mean that sharp and point object will easier penetrate the plastic than the glass, something to be considered if you often ecounter harsh use. In terms of actual protection we need to differenciate between surface quality and actual screen damage. After all when badly scratched we can replace the protector but if the display got damaged we are back to square one. The surface hardness was already covered so let's move on to the screen itself. In some of the above videos you can see the abuse a screen might see in normal conditions, and if we would not drop our phones so often repair shops would not be at every corner LOL I have done quite a few screen repairs, mostly for friends and work mates that did not want to pay the hefty extras in a repair shop. From there I got the stories on how it happened and in almost all cases the screen cracked when the phone landed on the corners. In one case the screen and glass protector failed, including the actual display when the phone was dropped out of a 4WD and landed screen first onto a rock. A glass protector will spread the (direct onto the face) impact force onto a much larger area, where a plastic one will produce a dint onto the actual screen much sooner. So again glass wins in terms of actually protecting your expensive screen. But be aware that all this is useless if the phone lands on the corners!! Let me explain: Both the top glass on your screen and the screen protector have a thin layer of "glue". This acts like a shock absorber, so unless an impact goes deep enough so the pressure on the actual screen is too much only the protector should fail. But the screen itself is a tight fit into the frame of the phone, so all side and corner impacts go directly into the glass. As the rest of the glass has no way to give or go the stresses will crack the screen. How should I treat my phone with the new screen protector? Exactly the same way you would without it of course. But if you don't have a proper cover that offers protection of the corners you should invest in one. Having a quality protector and a good case does not mean your phone can be used as a football, see it as an added insurance in case something does go wrong. For obvious reason it can also pay off to have a spare at hand, if something bad happens that requires replacement of the protector you won't be left with an unprotected screen ;) Last but not least, double it up: For people that already know their screen will see a fair bit of abuse in term of scratches it is a good idea to put an extra film protector onto the glass one. Once it is too scratched you peel it off and replace it, while the glass protector gives you the actual protection for your screen. Corning Willow glass As time of wrinting Corning Willow glass is the only "flexible" glass on the market, unless stated with your flexible screen protector you can assume it will be just plastic. I did not list it above as this high tech material is mainly reserved for displays and at least to my knowledge is not available for screen protectors, although I will stand corrected as I have to assume some big players use it for their protectors. The material is actually a sandwich where an ultra thin sheet of glass stis bewteen two layers of durable coating, read it up on their website it is quite interesting. It won't reach the strength of their famous Gorilla glass so without an outer plastic that has the additional oleophobic coating it won't provide the strenght of real tempered glass protectors. Some phones like the Galaxy Round and the fleixble HTC phones use it for example.

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The future of "mobile" energy...

Right now our current standard is still to use LI-Ion batteries when it comes to rechargable and power demanding devices.We all want more power for our phones, laptops or battery powered tools on the job.And we also want to be able to charge our batteries faster and faster.Back in the old days a D-Cell like lead acid battery in a flashlight was good for about 3 hours until it started to dim a bit.With up to 4 batteries inside they were not just heavy but also quite hazardous.Chargin was usually done over night and you just hoped they were not blowing up while charging.I spare you the other types that came after and that we still use as they all have their good and their bad sides.If we trust our marketing experts than quite soon we will only have electric cars on our roads and battery the size of a suitcase shall be able to run your car for hundreds of miles.The ideas of graphite based batteries or those using crystals and their forming reactions are all great and promising.Some will certainly make it to the consumer in a few years.The one thing that we are never told though is where all the energy to charge those batteries is supposed to come from.Replacing the combustion engine with electric motors is one thing but if no fossil fuel is used....Energy does not come out of thin air!Right now a lot of countries already struggle to provide a reliable power supply grid and distribution network.If you ever enjoyed a scorching hot day during a blackout caused by everyone using too much electricity you know what I mean...The population is growing as fast as the energy demand for our industries.Solar and wind are well and good but without proper storage solutions of not real use because no one can really predict how much they can produce.You know, weather and such things...If we trust our so called experts than all will come together really nice.By the time we have really powerful batteries we will have enough alternative energy supply chains up and running to keep them charged.I have a few issues with this entire concept, so let's see what other people have to about this:Imagine you have a nice and big cabin somewhere really remote and beautiful - but with no electricity for miles.Obvious solution for the modern hunter or nature lover is to invest into free energy.Free because that is how your solar, battery and inverter system would be advertised.You buy the stuff and after that all the electricity comes for free - the things pays for itself!Reality is a bit off though as you need to maintain and replace the costly batteries over time and such things.All this however totally changes for a residential home.Getting a huge solar system on your roof is no problem.Getting off the grid next to impossible.You see, once (or even before) you sign up for an electricity contract it is defined that your home is in a residential area.This brings certain limitations like the requirement to connect ot gas (if available), water, sewage and electricity.Only way to enjoy your "free" energy is by getting a good deal with your supplier.Some countries do it differently but around here it goes like this:Whatever you use still comes right off the grid.That is because your solar system really struggles to cope with load changes and providing surplus back to the grid.And since your meter is not capable ofworking properly with it either...To make it "fair" it is metered how much you use and how much you supply.Most companies here even do this on at least an hourly base - just to fair...For your bill the amounts are then adjusted.What you supplied is taken off.Sadly in most cases going negativ is not an option - if you provide more than what you use only your supplier is laughing.To make things worse what you supply is valued far lower than what you get from the grid.Often the difference is above 20%.Control....Around here quite a few people basically covered house, shed, carport and all with solar panels.This was while we had a great subsidy from the government to go solar...After now over three years most of these people still struggle to get anywhere near even for their investment.Without the grants the timeframe to break even was estimated to be around 12 years - which is about the time for when you need to replace the lot anyway and start over.Some do get nice savings on their bills though but families with kids not so much...If you have little to no chance to get your investment back before you have to replace it, then it is not really that much of a good deal after all.Imagine in town with hundreds of small houses everyone would be able to get the same money back for the electricity they provide...Pay 18 cents per kWh from the grid and get 18 cents perkWh for what you supply and once you provide more than you use you get money back.The providers won't allow this to happen as it means they not just loose some money but also they would lose control.How could they justify another price hike?How could they explain the blackouts?Why should tey pay you at all... ;)If a city with enough open and unused space would decide to go solar on a huge scale and while add also add a lot wind turbines....Someone would need the electricity provided and someone need to step in for those times where demand is above supply.Here the old triangle of power goes into full swing....You see a city or town would need also need a sub station to handle the electricity and to distribute it to the town houses, shops and so on.Funny thing is that only a "provider" can do such things.Doing it privat is usually only possible in really remote areas, like big mining outposts that just have no other option than using generators or solar/wind.And in most areas a town or city is no longer allowed to be a provider of electricty - at least not in the drirect form.Buying in bulk is no problem, having your own supply system however is not in the books.Right now most, if not all the big wind and solar farms are owned and operated by energy providers.There is billionaires everyhwere who could build a solar and wind farm the size of Texas if they really wanted but they won't do it either...Starts with the land, goes over the usage rights and won't end with activists claiming how bad it all is.Means it won't happen and if it does then the energy providers get together and claim they guy might have money but does not have the right to provide energy unless he actuall starts a corresponding company and plays by their unwritten rules.Can we still dream about it though?The dream is kept alive like the fire of hope that is only a tiny amber.If you sign up for electricity you are asked if you would like to pay bit extra so your electricity comes from alternative sources.Why is that bad, after all it is green?The initial investment might be huge for a wind farm but after that it is more or less just providing mone out of thin air.You can look the cost up for the new windfarm build near you.Same for the electricity prices in that area.And also the expected output of the entire farm.Do the math and calculate how quickly they break even....Once they do it only profit but you still pay the extra to go green.A bit like the new road that came with a toll....After 5 years the motorists paid it off but 10 years later they are still being charged while the road is disintegrating...Now add electric cars and our constantly rising consumption to the mix...We can't provide the electricity ourselfs as we don't get fully paid for it, we can go off grid either.The atom as the source of electricity is being phased out slowly as well.Finally as some might say, considering the thausands of years we have to deal with the produced waste and what aftereffects the storage might bring.Our providers will keep their grip on us for as long as they can.No government will stop them as in return they wouldn't have electricity.A cold war if you like.We never cared how much fuel our cars use until the OPEC decide to limit supplies and drive the prices up.And you can see the riches especially in Saudi Arabia.For most of the big OPEC players it really does not matter anymore whether or not they have oil or not.They make the same or even more money by other means and more modern means now.After this initial shellshock we woke up and decided that for the shopping trip of the wife a small car with just 4 cylinders will do.Overcrowded cities and roads also pushed us more into thinking small.Again it took force to go further, this time by governments slowy "going green".Emmissions, greenhouse gasses, polution, particles and corbon monoxide...Sounded all godd in the ads but it meant we could no longer afford our old car or even got banned from entering the town center with it.But a lot people still can't afford a modern car that meets the standards.Once they finally got the money and car the laws change again and they need yet again a newer car.This created a huge export and recyling market and profits for other people though.And what differenc did it all make in reality?While we were forced to improve and lose money countries like the US refused for years to even consider reducing the pollution.Countries like China and Russia even increased their pollution to impossible levels.We all remember how Bejing was literally shut down for the Olympics so the athletes have a chance to survive the games...We know how the pollution or global warming problem is misused to make money.The governments get huge payouts in the form of taxes from those cars that can't meet the specs.The dealer smiles with the increased sales of cars.And again the government smiles too as they get taxes from this as well.We know it happened before and is still happening with everything realted to fossil fuels, global warming and pollution, so why would electricity be any different?Reactors and coal fired power plants are phased out with basically nothing to replace them.Solar and wind will provide and till then we keep what we really need to keep....There is no plan for what comes after coal and the atom.There is no alternative.Batteries need electricity.And providers will always be the middleman controlling both the price and the availability.So how does this actually work you might wonder...No matter who invents or produces a new device to provide electricity - there is a very limited market for them.A farmer can't buy a full size wind generator and place it on his land...But an electricity provider can buy thausands of them....And if you go bigger than ask yourself who would need a 10 or 100MW fusion generator?Providing electricity is only a viable option if you go big and if you can sell the excess with a profit margin.Leaves only our electricity providers as customers.If you don't have to care about the buying price because it will be put down one way or the other onto your customers than it is like a credit.Only difference is that once it is paid off you start to get money back!Imagine that for your bank account ;)And if you know what you sell can have a very generous profit margin because your buyer does not care then the solar or wind farm will be quite costly to build..."We know we are not cheap, but who else can deliver you what you need?"And like our big supermarkets there will be an agreement on what the wind generator can cost.Ressources....Be it wind, be it solar or just the modern electric motor in your car - they all require stuff that is very limited on our planet.Take Neodyminum.Without it we have no wind generator or fancy motors as we wouldn't have powerful enough magnets.Vital elements and mineral required are only available in a few spots on our erth in quantities justifying mining them.I won't make this much longer than it already is, so please look up what is really needed to keep our future solow and wind projects alive.Then go and check where we can find thes things in good quantities.Once you did you might realise why the world tolerates the abuse of human rights, freedom or just self expression in other countries ;)If only China would stop today to export and sell their rare earths and prcious minerals basically our entire production worldwide would suffer quickly.Entire industries break down quickly and prices for certain things would literally explode.The US already started to re-open long abandoned mining projects as suddenly even the most costly operations become viable again.Think about this next time you fancy a world free of cars and truck using combustion engines ;)

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Game Design Team looking for help "Guardian"

Unity 3D: Game Engine Currently Seeking: Programmers, Animators, GUI Art, Concept Artist, 3D Modelers, Writers, Composers, and People with great ideas. All work Copyright © 2012 by Boundless Game Studios Written by Casey Williams Version # 1.00 Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Overall Game Information: “Guardian” is a third person view and first person view adventure game that will allow the player to play as a hero on a quest to find the truth of the evils in his land . But, with the help of his guardian that watches over him from above. The guardian will fuse into your weapon and guide you through the hero’s world and conquer evil. On the way you will discover special fragments of fallen stars in all different sorts of ways that can alter your blade, skills, and powers. Our game will run on Mac and PC computers. The game will be free to play. Plot: A Valenian boy named Swen meets his Guardian (Bounda) that will need his help to find a fallen Guardian who has gone corrupt and has fused with his own partner from Valenia to destroy both Swen’s and Bounda’s worlds. So, the myth of the Crescents are true to Swen’s people. They believe that everyone has someone watching over them from the moon. Guardians or Crescents are not supposed to leave their world and travel down to Valenia or fuse body/soul/ and mind with their partner. Features: The game will feature live action battles, treasure hunting, altering Swen’s main weapon with rare fragments of fallen Stars, renaming weapons, voice overs for characters, currency system, text on screen system, choice of being good or bad, orchestral music, books with short stories and valuable information, some magic, and more ideas to come.. Genre: The game is an action adventure fantasy game with cartoon style art. Target Audience: The game is for anyone of any age. No bad language or gore. A little violence. Views: Guardian will be in third person view and in first person as well. Game Scope: There will be at least 5-6 towns or more to explore. The world terrain will be separate from the town. Different zones will load the player to new terrain scene or towns. etc.. There will be 6-10 N.P.C.S each at least in a town that will have some purpose in the game. Filler N.P.C. will be added to. There will be a lot of different weapons like Swords, axes, bows, and a few unique ones. Timeline: This project has no set date to be finished at any certain time at the moment. Common And FAQ: What is Guardian about? “Guardian” is a computer game being developed by Boundless Game Studios © that has an adventure/fantasy genre with a toon style. It features a character name Swen who’s name can be changed by the player at the beginning of the game. Swen will have to embark on a great journey with some help from his guardian Bounda. A fallen guardian from the sky has fused with the person he/she sworn to protect. Now chaos has been let out in Swen’s world. Tell me about the setting and the feel of the game? The setting takes place in a vibrant and colorful world known as Valenia. Also, a few glimpses of Bounda’s unknown world Anaira. “Guardian” will give the player a feeling of adventure, curiosity, and a rush in battle. The game art will be beautiful. How is the combat in the game? The fighting in the game will have preset combinations like swinging your weapon left, right, vertical, down. If you press the attack button once there is only one attack action. Press multiple times and this will give you more attacks with Swen’s sword. There will be more special sword attacks. You will also be able to have 3 items/weapons equipped at a time. This does not include your sword but does for shields. So be careful what you equip. Player can target enemies. Who do I play as? The main character is Swen and you control his role in the game. Which is the hero. Dialogue? Yes the game will have scrolling text and possibly voice dialogue. The player will be able to pick 1-3 choices to reply back with. Does Swen talk? Not literally but he does through the choices you make. He does have sound effects though. How are the camera controls? The game includes a button that will give u a fast switch between camera views. Ex. 3rd person view to first person view. Camera view will adjust to enemies that are targeted. Use the mouse to use the rotating view or simply don’t press any buttons for a minute to auto switch to rotating view. What are the main features in the game? You know the cool stuff? The team would really like to focus on the gameplay, story, and all the cool places, items, or weapons to discovered. The main sword can be altered many times (shapes of blades) which will give that certain sword an effect like extra damage, fire, ice, more magic, and more. How about getting to name your sword? Tired of using your sword and want to shoot something with a bow? maybe a blow gun? Well switch to first person and fire away! Selling treasure. Reading books to find short stories or VALUABLE information. Don’t forget the easter eggs.. There will be more features listed in the future.This game will be free for everyone. Doesn't matter if your new or a veteran. You can come and go on the project. It will be fun to have a lot of people helping out. I am aware that people like seeing progress before they are willing to lend out a helping hand.I will make sure everything goes smoothly as possible. My team mates and I talk on Skype everyday. I feel its important to get to know everyone as well and working with them. I don't want this to be work. Lets have fun. Please do not post negative comments. I'm looking for people interested and not downers. Skewl made the 3d model of the blue bird. Skype: CaseySWilliams52 email : BoundlessgameStudios@gmail.com or kcwilliams52@hotmail.com Website: http://www.boundlessgamestudios.com/ Come by the site, register and tell us what you would like in the game, also see videos, pictures, talk about the game, or ask to be on Team Boundless. Thanks for reading. -Casey

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Constantly Evolving MMO Roleplay

So I came up with an idea for a pretty awesome MMO game.  Basically it's set in medieval times with swords and armor like your typical Elder Scrolls game.  You play as an adventurer building wealth getting a house ect. like a survival server in minecraft.  The only computer characters in the game are ones employed by a person to do work.  In a minecraft role-play server the downfall is nobody wants to sit around in a shop all day.  To solve this problem people employ workers in their shops.  The cool thing is people get a lot and can basically take to building anything they can afford.  The employed people come with various skills, wages, and levels.  The shop keeper can set up trade routes and gather supplies for his shop.  People who build better shops make more money by having better signs and better hospitality (more expensive to employ but happier customers).  You can build as many shops as you can afford and they can do anything.  To keep the virtual economy flowing people must eat food and consume a specified amount to be able to live.  So you must have so many grams of food each day which you can buy from shops, get from your farm ect. and then every week you must flow money out which can be in the form of repairs or sickness, or theft.  Now this all sounds pretty cool right, but wait for what comes next.  Lets review first though Join the game as adventurer Gain wealth Choose a career: shopkeeper / warrior / thief / assassin / ect.  If the thief of criminal is caught the fate is decided by the king. Gain power, prowice, friends Keep the economy flowing As I am typing this I realize the game would need to employ an economist to help prevent an in game depression or economic collapse. Now its time for some fun.  The game encourages the development of kingdoms.  By making friends and gaining in-game recognition someone can become king and gain ownership over a kingdom.  With enough wealth and land possession a king will be able to choose to build a kingdom.  These kingdoms are pre-set with boundaries and costs already incorporated.  As with all MMO games there are multiple worlds to log into and each one has multiple kingdoms within.  This allows for kings to go to war ect.  The whole game has very few limits on what can happen, however seeing as monopolies can ruin a game when someone becomes too powerful the game automatically sends bad things their way such as plague, fire, catastrophe ect.  Also to prevent one king from keeping power for the whole existence of this game every week things get a little harder for the king and his subjects are manipulated to go against him more and more until the kingdom finally collapses and starts anew.  This helps keep people hoping and wanting to try.  This is the basic idea of the game and I will now go into more detail on the interworking details.  Feel free to share your ideas to help with the development of this game. Details in a completely random unorganized order: King can collect taxes spend in various ways and do all that he can to maintain power.  He can employ and army and select various people to go underneath him such as dukes and lords.  The arm can be commanded by the king and at his expense be transported very quickly to a battlefield.  Generals command groups and keep track of all their men which helps the king prevent deserting soldiers.   The game's currency is dealt out to new players in various ways.  A quest may be formed, or a reward/bounty given to players so they can start making money.  The money payed to computer controlled employees goes out of the game and is carefully monitored to help keep the economy balanced. The total currency in the game can be increased or decreased in additional balancing attempts.  Thats what the full time economist is for. Resources are out there and just like with the currency, their appearance is carefully regulated.  Giant forests will exist making wood and endless resource, however from the start wood is fairly cheap.  Stone can be mined all over, however it is difficult to collect, shape and transport making more expensive.  Then there are gold diamonds iron ect. which are hard to find and appear in mines based on special algorithms.  The game will constantly be improved and will launch with hundreds to thousands of items which people can make and purchase.  Items can also be custom crafted either by the blacksmith or a painter which allows for unique items and helps create a competitive market.  There are in game "easter eggs" which can be found through experimentation so when a blacksmith gets it just right he can have super strong and lightweight armor, bound to his name which can create a buz about how special so and so's armor is.   Your help: How do we develop this, how do we get it out to the public, is it a good idea? What is wrong, what is right?  We were thinking kick-starter then employing a game development company.  How much does one need to develop a game like this?  Will it have public support?  How should you get the game.  Single purchase,  monthly subscription, in game purchases, purchase a character when character dies he is gone or some other ideas? Thanks

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The low-down: Where have I been?

It may be a bit narcissistic for me to think anyone missed me or even noticed I was gone, but for those of you that did notice heres the low-down.Without a doubt, the time I spent working at Instructables last summer was the most fun I have ever had in my life. It was the perfect combination of working among smart creative individuals ( Eric, Christy, Tim, Paul, and Noah), having such an open ended job where I was actually paid to do what I love, and being in bright sunny free thinking northern California. The cherry on top of this summer of awesomeness was going to Burning Man (see pic below). It was something I had wanted to do ever since I had read about it online many years ago, and, as fate would have it, I ended up going the first year I was actually old enough to.I don't think I am ever going to forget driving Tim's manual truck (I don't know how to drive stick) on a deserted road in Nevada, at 3:30 am Sunday morning, the energy drinks wearing off and Tim sleeping peacefully in the passenger seat, while it rained intermittently, with only a vague idea where I was going, and doing this all with just a NY state learners permit. Nor will I forget getting my first sight of the playa, just as the sun was coming up, with all the massive metallic sculptures glistening on the horizion. The week that followed was just pure surreal amazingness. Anything I wrote about my first Burning Man experience wouldn't give it justice, but Tim describes it nicely in his Burning Man instructable.The most surprising thing about the summer though, was that by the end of it I actually looked forward to going back to school. I wanted to learn circuit building and other cool electrical engineering skills that I could incorporate into my future Instructables projects. I wanted to be able to post impressive electronic projects, instead of just minor circuit hacks like the tazer glove and capacitor charger. I wanted to master the movement of the electron.One plane trip from SFO to JFK later, I'm back home. The contrast between Frisco and NY was staggering. If there was one word to describe how NY looked to me at that time it would be "gray". The experience was like watching the Wizard of Oz in reverse, going from the bright, colorful, surreal land of Oz back to black and white Kansas. Don't get me wrong, I love my hometown. I am of the opinion that NYC is the single greatest city in the world (California wins as a state, but in terms of a single city nothing can compare to NY). If you don't agree with me, stand in the center of the Brooklyn Bridge and turn around to get a full 360 degree perspective. Your opinion will be swayed if not changed. Still, September 07 was a very gray month for me. It took me a few weeks to wade through the bureaucratic bullshit of Brooklyn Poly and finally get registered for classes. The classes I did get registered for were all prerequisites and nowhere near my area of interest. I know I am going to have to suck it up and complete them eventually (especially now that my school has merged with NYU, so I get to graduate with a much more impressive degree then the school I was originally accepted into), but at the time I was just too miserable and distracted to pay attention in class. It was even hard for me to respond to e-mails from summertime coworkers because hearing about the activities at the tower brought back memories of a happier time. I was in a state of near-complete mental shutdown, my creativity was shot, and I was depressed. I decided that I needed to take a break from school, so I took a leave of absence for the Spring semester. That leave of absence bought me a time period of 8 months to do whatever I wanted. I figure why not live out my weaboo fantasy, and travel to Japan. I can not say exactly when my obsession with Japanese culture began. Maybe it was subconsciously planted in my brain with the cherry tree in front of my childhood home, cultivated with anime, and brought to fruition when I actually started reading about their history and culture. Whatever the reason, it has been something I've always wanted to do, and what better time to "find myself" then while on a break from college (Its stereotypical-tastic!). There was only one obstacle standing between me and the romantic imagery I had of bathing in hot-springs and meditating in front of Shinto shrines ... money, at least a few thousand dollars of it. Japan aint cheap, and even if I was going to get a job to support me while I was there, I would still need a butt-load of money for the initial travel and living investment. (On that note if any of you Instructablites knows someone in Japan who you could get me in touch with regarding job opportunities or living quarters, or has some advice for living cheaply while there, I'm all ears) I spent most of January half-assedly looking for a job. I did not devote my whole ass to the task because, no matter how much I wanted to go to Japan, I wasn't too excited about the prospect of getting a minimum wage job which utilized none of my skills (I have very unique skills, so finding a job that used them would be next to impossible). It was looking as though my next few months would be filled with minimum wage menial labor. That is until I thought of throwing myself on the mercy of Eric and Christy, and asking for my old job back. I lacked the testicular fortitude to ask them directly, and so reverting to grade school mentality (the one that figures rejection will hurt less through proxy), I asked Tim to test the waters and see if my old job was still available (grade school version: Psst Tim, I've got a crush on Eric & Christy ::school girl giggles:: can you ask if they like me). Tim was kind enough to oblige. A few e-mails later I found out I could come back as long as I promised to return to school in September. (This was no problem because I had already made the same promise to my parents, and myself because I didn't want to loose my 20k a year scholarship).One plane trip at the end of February from JFK to OAK later, I'm back in California. My longterm goal for the next few months is to live as cheaply as possible, learn Japanese, and try to acquire some work that I can do while in Japan. Living cheaply has been easier then expected. I quit smoking (something I thought would be much harder then it was, but after two months of lukewarm-turkey I was able to eliminate my nicotine cravings entirely). I am able to feed myself almost entirely off the excess of others, with the occasional purchased produce being the exception. I bike for transportation (that same yellow road bike in the picture below). I'd say that overall, it took more effort to stop being a consumer-whore then it did to quit smoking, but it feels equally good to be free of both of those bad habits. Well thats my story. I should probably get back to work.New instructables coming soon ...

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8 Reasons you'll rejoice when we hit $8 a gallon gasoline

This article in MarketWatch written by Chris Pummer mostly matches my opinions. My favorite is #2Here is the text:SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- For one of the nastiest substances on earth, crude oil has an amazing grip on the globe. We all know the stuff's poison, yet we're as dependent on it as our air and water supplies -- which, of course, is what oil is poisoning.Shouldn't we be technologically advanced enough here in the 21st Century to quit siphoning off the pus of the Earth? Regardless whether you believe global warming is threatening the planet's future, you must admit crude is passé. Americans should be celebrating rather than shuddering over the arrival of $4-a-gallon gasoline. We lived on cheap gas too long, failed to innovate and now face the consequences of competing for a finite resource amid fast-expanding global demand.A further price rise as in Europe to $8 a gallon -- or $200 and more to fill a large SUV's tank -- would be a catalyst for economic, political and social change of profound national and global impact. We could face an economic squeeze, but it would be the pain before the gain.The U.S. economy absorbed a tripling in gas prices in the last six years without falling into recession, at least through March. Ravenous demand from China and India could see prices further double in the next few years -- and jumpstart the overdue process of weaning ourselves off fossil fuels.Consider the world of good that would come of pricing crude oil and gasoline at levels that would strain our finances as much as they're straining international relations and the planet's long-term health: 1. RIP for the internal-combustion engineThey may contain computer chips, but the power source for today's cars is little different than that which drove the first Model T 100 years ago. That we're still harnessed to this antiquated technology is testament to Big Oil's influence in Washington and success in squelching advances in fuel efficiency and alternative energy.Given our achievement in getting a giant mainframe's computing power into a handheld device in just a few decades, we should be able to do likewise with these dirty, little rolling power plants that served us well but are overdue for the scrap heap of history.2. Economic stimulusNecessity being the mother of invention, $8 gas would trigger all manner of investment sure to lead to groundbreaking advances. Job creation wouldn't be limited to research labs; it would rapidly spill over into lucrative manufacturing jobs that could help restore America's industrial base and make us a world leader in a critical realm.The most groundbreaking discoveries might still be 25 or more years off, but we won't see massive public and corporate funding of research initiatives until escalating oil costs threaten our national security and global stability -- a time that's fast approaching. 3. Wither the Middle East's cloutThis region that's contributed little to modern civilization exercises inordinate sway over the world because of its one significant contribution -- crude extraction. Aside from ensuring Israel's security, the U.S. would have virtually no strategic or business interest in this volatile, desolate region were it not for oil -- and its radical element wouldn't be able to demonize us as the exploiters of its people.In the near term, breaking our dependence on Middle Eastern oil may well require the acceptance of drilling in the Alaskan wilderness -- with the understanding that costly environmental protections could easily be built into the price of $8 gas. 4. Deflating oil potentatesOn a similar note, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently gained a platform on the world stage because of their nations' sudden oil wealth. Without it, they would face the difficult task of building fair and just economies and societies on some other basis.How far would their message resonate -- and how long would they even stay in power -- if they were unable to buy off the temporary allegiance of their people with vast oil revenues? 5. Mass-transit developmentAnyone accustomed to taking mass transit to work knows the joy of a car-free commute. Yet there have been few major additions or improvements to our mass-transit systems in the last 30 years because cheap gas kept us in our cars. Confronted with $8 gas, millions of Americans would board buses, trains, ferries and bicycles and minimize the pollution, congestion and anxiety spawned by rush-hour traffic jams. More convenient routes and scheduling would accomplish that.6. An antidote to sprawlThe recent housing boom sparked further development of antiseptic, strip-mall communities in distant outlying areas. Making 100-mile-plus roundtrip commutes costlier will spur construction of more space-efficient housing closer to city centers, including cluster developments to accommodate the millions of baby boomers who will no longer need their big empty-nest suburban homes.Sure, there's plenty of land left to develop across our fruited plains, but building more housing around city and town centers will enhance the sense of community lacking in cookie-cutter developments slapped up in the hinterlands. 7. Restoration of financial disciplineFar too many Americans live beyond their means and nowhere is that more apparent than with our car payments. Enabled by eager lenders, many middle-income families carry two monthly payments of $400 or more on $20,000-plus vehicles that consume upwards of $15,000 of their annual take-home pay factoring in insurance, maintenance and gas.The sting of forking over $100 per fill-up would force all of us to look hard at how much of our precious income we blow on a transport vehicle that sits idle most of the time, and spur demand for the less-costly and more fuel-efficient small sedans and hatchbacks that Europeans have been driving for decades. 8. Easing global tensionsUnfortunately, we human beings aren't so far evolved that we won't resort to annihilating each other over energy resources. The existence of weapons of mass destruction aside, the present Iraq War could be the first of many sparked by competition for oil supplies.Steep prices will not only chill demand in the U.S., they will more importantly slow China and India's headlong rush to make the same mistakes we did in rapidly industrializing -- like selling $2,500 Tata cars to countless millions of Indians with little concern for the environmental consequences. If we succeed in developing viable energy alternatives, they could be a key export in helping us improve our balance of trade with consumer-goods producers. Additional considerationsWeaning ourselves off crude will hopefully be the crowning achievement that marks the progress of humankind in the 21st Century. With it may come development of oil-free products to replace the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fertilizers and pesticides that now consume 16% of the world's crude-oil output and are likely culprits in fast-rising cancer rates.By its very definition, oil is crude. It's time we develop more refined energy sources and that will not happen without a cost-driven shift in demand.

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Repulsine - the great mystery...

Even before the repulsine saw some attention during WW2 there were sightings of what we know call the classic UFO shape.Be it in Austria, Poland or other places in Europe, people reported weird disk like thing with a dome flying around.What leaked in images and documents after the war shoed that the repulsine looked basically identical to what people saw as a UFO in the sky over big parts of Europe.Then again, the repulsine appearently never made it a usable stage, same for most jet fighters at the time and still they flew around...If we now just take it for granted that actual test flights really happened back then you might wonder why we did not see any after the war anymore.For most critics it is a simple sign of facts and "confirms" that the replusine might have been a nice idea but never anything that really left the ground.As said, I often like to dig deeper and in this case the digging took far more years than what I planned on.I can not provide any solid proof for the following but I am sure even a sceptic will come to similar conclusions after reading it.Try to find some "eye witness" reports from people who saw the so called "Roswell UFO".Yes the one that made Area51 so secret and famous...Reports can be boiled down to some essential features of the hull, for those who saw it proof that it is alien.Three distinct round shpes on the underside, like you add the bottom of an egg to a round disk.Said disc of the bottom was also shaped like a wing, or the flying disk toys our kids like to play with.On the other side the shape grew up like a half shphere with an added cone or round top on it.On these area they claimed to have see engine outlets or similar and appearently the top cone was spinning in another direction than the rest of the UFO.Now I am no expert for Roswell but if I leave area and time out then I could have been fooled to think these people discribed exactly the same thing people saw a few year eariel flying over Europe.The Roswell UFO was not from another world, just stolen from the looser of a really bad war.What was seen was a working Repulsine, be it an original or something the US created from the 5 prototypes that disappeared after the war.Ha, ha, good one, then why don't we saw them flying after this anymore?Well, for starters it was a testflight gone wrong.Presumable it was planned to be limited to Area51 but the pilot lost control.Considering the Nazies appearently did their best to kill everyone involved in the project before the aliies arrived it is no big surprise.What that test flight would have shown is the impossible manouvers people already witnessed over Europe.90° or more turns at full speed instead of making a turn like a plane, sudden changes in alitude as well as accelleration on a level that makes even modern rockets blush.And if it really was the first bigger testflight they did it explains the big secrecy about the Roswell incident and what followed and created Area51 as we knew it.A "weapon" capable of these things would mean total dominance and options to impove planes and more.So why did they not even do that - or did they?The repulsine was created based on what we call today fringe- or pseudo- sience.If there is only one peroson, or a few that can even understand the claimed working principles that it can't be science as we know it.So, lets take a look what things were already heavily used in the repulsine that "we" claim to have developed or discovered decades later.Coanda effect.When air travels over a surface then it will follow the surface.You can try this with paper strips and blowing on them as well as a stream of water and some shaped objects.Long known but never found any real use until the military picked it up.For example air inlets were then developed to utilise the coanda effect.Remember how a lot of them these days look like a ducted fan housing?The round and slightly conical shape of the inlet will actually act like an airfoil and provide lift - of pulls forward in the direction of the air flow direction of the engine.I supercars we use it to create more downforce and better aerodynamics.Venturi effect.Again a very old one but funny enough also a major factor to make a jet engine work.Tesla turbine.In the Repulsine the rotating copper disks acted like a huge Tesla turbine by using a similar effect.The space between the disks got smaller and smaller towards the outer perimiter.Due to the fast rotation the molecules were accelerated and this created a partial vacuum.We use these principles today for specail vacuum pumps but also in military applications.Harmonics.Without harmonics and resonance the Repulsine would have been impossible.And at a first glance it seems we never made any use from that bit of the machine.Then why do we design exhaust systems in such a way than already the extractors ensure a pump like action and controlled backflow?The sound a good exhaust makes is also based on using the harmonics created by the explosions in the cylinders and expanding gasses.We learned that it is far more efficient to use harmonics and resonance in an exhaust system from somehwere ;)Plasma.The repulsine was said to have emitted a bright glow during certain movements or speeds.To create plasma we need a lot of energy, not so much however if the plasma is a by-product anyways.We learned that a high enough voltage differencial in a vacuum can create a nice plasma arc.From there things like analog TV monitors were created.But we never made anything that creates plasma for any use in an atmosphere.Well, unless you start to check supersonic rocket engines and other things.The working principle is very, very close here in some applications like the ramjet.Vortex energy.Today we see all vortex energy stuff as a free energy scam or at best a waste of time.But from the inlet to the outlet the entire Repulsine utilised what we now know as vortex energy, vortex math and so on.The air is twisted and spun around so many times that it is hard to keep track - but it always happened in a harmonic and resonant fashion.In some way this is implepemented in very expensive cars to keep the ventilation system almost silent even at full power.If you ever take an expensive car apart you might wonder why the air system is not as smooth and straight as you would have expected to get this silence ;)There is more but the list would become too long ;)So, if the repulsine was really that great then why was it taken apart to only utilise fractions of it in other things?If you have something really great that combines a lot of things then no one would suspect if you "developed or discovered" some of it in other projects.And to give you a very bad comparison for the other way around:If you know how to combine a petrol engine with some long blades then you could fly!I know, we did that already but you get the point.I can give you a motor and blades but that would not mean you could build a plane or even helicopter!At that time and still today something like a Repulsine would upset the "balance of power".If claims are correct then the engines of the repulsine were only required to provide the enrgy for directional changes or speed but it flew on "free energy" as the main engine system.In lame words like a jumbo jet that only needs a small engine for the hydraulics and electricity...Another big problem is the replication even if you would have a complete and working model to disect.You see most parts were brazed or welded as screw or rivets would have been problematic in certain areas.Other parts like the Kudo horn like intake systems would even today pose a challenge if you want to replicate them 100% correct.And if your understanding of science and physics greatly differs from those who originally created the thing...If your understanding tells you a dice has 6 sides (we all know that) but in my understanding it would have 16 then you would never understand how my dice rolls ;)Bringing true free energy of any form into this world is only allowed if someone can still make good money from it.Just check solar cells and wind generators - we all can have them but our providers make sure they have enough of them as well ;)Will we ever see a fully working Repulsine again?Of course !Some people like old cars, some collect old planes or old machines and tools.A great project for people in the right trades is always to build thier own little steam engine.So to say as a reminder of how it all started.Same will happen with the Repulsine as the first really utilised free energy machine the world had.The war and killings were not what really scared the world.This happened and will happen over and over again to various extends.Really scary was once certain people realised what might happen if over there the war would end with a victory and people would have time to develop for peaceful things instead.Without the war or this idiot Hitler a peaceful war would have taken over the world by storm.Those making sure we know nothing else but paying for our fuel and energy would have lost their monoply.Times change though...We destroyed our world with our needs for fossil fuels and electricity.What is left we destroy by chopping it down, digging it out or just by building new estates on prime farm land.People are now more desperate then ever to find ways to reduce their energy bills or enviromental impact.Otherwise Google wouldn't make billions on all the fake free energy videos out there.But what would it take to recreate the Repulsine?The person able to come up with the understanding of at least attempting to build one again would need to have certain qualifications and titles.He or she would hold a Nodel price for completing some of our known laws of physics or for finding some of the still missing ones.It would be a quite hard to understand and like person too, maybe even highly autistic.The person would also have an addiction like need to complete things, add the missing bits.And of course a totallydifferent understanding on how nature and the universe work.David T. from England is such a person, or at least the closest mankind can offer so far.He can see math in his head as shapes and images.Complex math problems appear to him like developing landscapes in high detail.He even learned to speak icelandic fluently within 7 days!!Imagine such a person would develop an interest in the old pioneers like Schuberger, Newman, Tesla and so on?Where we normal people fail to see any relevance or connection a guy like David would be able to literally see how all these inventions and ideas connect.He would be able to SEE the math behind it!Knowing how something was supposed to work and combining what is known through patents, drawing, videos or reports would enable such a person to make conclusions.For example where we might just see a nice pattern when we throw a stone into an undsturbed lake such a person would also already know and see the corresponding math the created the waves and why they were created exactly like this.Assuming David has no real interest in such things, then is it possible others already try?Sadly yes and even worse they do it with kids.Learning methods that are different can bring great results.For example while we use a calculator for big numbers some kids attend really strict and performance based classes to do this with an ancient abacus!After years of hard and often painful training they are able to it with a small abacus that only has a single row of discs.Shortly after they graduate to a virtual abacus - they only twitch their fingers in the same motions they would use on the real thing, but the disks and rods are all just visualised in their heads.That however is all meant as an improvement and the kids do it because they want to and not because they are forced to.Like learning to be a chess champion before even being old enough to work...In china however we have a very selective education program.Kids are not just trained slightly different to our kids but also closely monitored on their progress.As soon as one stands out for some skill it is subject to examination.Being well above average here means it is an opportunity for the kid and the parents - on paper at least.We in the western world would see it as a viscious circle though.Over the years china developed not only a better understanding of how these special kids brains actuall do their things but also how to create tests for this purpose.What looks like impossible or nonsense to most kids will trigger a scecific response and understand in those that are special.We would create something that allows parents to know early on where the kid has really good skills and what activities should be promoted.In china though the parents receive a nicer flat or some additional income while kids are send to a far away school.Again we would refer to such a school more as a boot camp.Discipline is at least on military levels, same is the punishment system.In most cases families are not reunited for many years, phone or even video calls only happen in the rare times when western TV crews are allowed a sneak peak.I just say: If a kid would see the parents often enough then it would not only know what to talk about but also be happy to talk to them - this however you won't see.It is like they talk to some distant uncle or such.What is really scary though is how these kids are trained to see their purpose and how important it is to be the best in what they do.Imagine you lost your kid at an early age and the only thing you got over the year was letters from the government saying how well it is doing and that you can be proud of it.Then it graduates and you are not even allowed to be there on that day...After that the kid is gone for good, you get a new flat and your proud kid supports you with some nice extra income.You don't get to know where it is working, what it is doing or if it might just be attending some university.By any standards these graduated kids can be seen as a great number of genius young people.Math, music, languages, science, you name it and they will have the experts aged below 20 for it.But what do they do once school is finnished and life starts?So far no reporter or family was able to figure it out.Means they don't appear in some high profile company, they don't start a successful business or teach at any public or private school.I leave it up to your imagination where thausands of kids find secret employment once they graduated....If, at least in theory we could be able to understand all these old technologies then why don't we at least try?Everyone has a goal, some desire a happy family and nice house, other need fame or just money to be happy.With that comes greed.You might have a really nice car but that does not mean you would give to some neighbour for a trip.Even if it just a nice rose garden, you might not want to share the views with anyone.This is true on all levels and we created a term for it "Need to know basis".If you just operate a press in a factory then you don't need to know when or what the next job is that comes for your press.You will know when it arrives and can check the documents attached.You don't need to know that your council is expanding and it is only seen as a courtesy to let you know on some notice board or in the local newspaper.And even our government does the same.What we do from the first days of our new baby we do on all other levels in the same way.What the baby does not need to know we won't tell or show.But we provide all the littly anklebiter needs to develop and be happy.Changing nappies, feeding, proving comfort when sick or having a nightmare.Later we teach language and other skills like walking.It goes on as you know...Humanity as a whole is like a little kid as well.If we would know all the little, dirty secrets then we would riot and go mad.Things that are of no concern are nothing we need to worry about, so we don't get to know them either.Knowing how build the latest fighter jets is seen as a thing that would give a possible enemy an advantage.Makes a lot of sense to everyone as these things might have to protect us one day.The questions that remain are:If humainty is a child, then how old are we now or when do we graduate?If there is a collection of secret and old knowledge then who owns and controls it?What would it take to force the release of all the things people actually created for a better world and not to be locked away?As funny as it might sound but one answer to all these questions would be to do nice orund trip in your Repulsine.Fly over ever single country in this world.Let their guided missle and what not chase you and once enough show then how quickly you can make a 180° turn to get behind them.So called unimportant countries might ignore you and the people only enjoy a nice show.Those powerful enough will fear you and think it was "the other side" showing their superiority.Once done with your round they all will have to realise there is a new power that is at the helm now: Knowledge and understanding.No more secrets, a repulsine for everyone who wants the plans to build one.A new world would start.Ever thought about that when wondering why all these "Aliens" we see in their ships in our skies never land to say hello ? ;)Even if they would be Aliens and not just some human pilot in some experimental craft:Shouldn't this demonstration of absolute power and control without any violence tell us something?The Repulsine need to come back to life to end all this UFO nonsense and Alien theories out there.You hear the sounds, see the ligh show and impossible abilities.And suddenly most if not all UFO sightings would have a common factor again.Just because the Repulsine is claimed to be lost and that it never actually worked despite film evidence showing the opposite does not mean there is no one using the technology.A working Repulsine available to everyone would also kill the doubt on so many other old inventors and "fringe" scientists.Science and physics would need to be redifined as would be able to find a lot of missing links.I know there is not only a lot of people out there trying to get what they can about the Repulsine but also that there are others who try to prevent this.You have a really easy time getting permission examine some old and histrically important artefact from a museum than getting just a hands on approch for what remains of the Repulsine in various places.Not even decent 3D scans will be allowed.Anything like just getting a tiny pipe cam inside is rejected with the excuse it could cause damage.If the thing is a hoax and never worked then why would it be so important to never touch or move it? ;)I recently got word that two of the remaining Repulsine "artefacts" were examined by the same group of "scientists".This happened in the late 80's and said scientists were claimed to have had acces to a collection of spare parts for the original Repulsine that was lost after the war.A private collector was also mentioned who denied all access but what he had in a secure storage facility appearently disappeared shortly after his refusal.Putting all the dots and hints together it would mean that someone in the late 80's was able to get literally everything that is left of the project in his hands.Those who claimed to have seen these scientists working on the Repulsine leftovers claim they used top notch technology to do so, including 3D scanners - and those were basically imossible to get back then for any uni out there...The laptops used were said to use touchscreens and were connected to all sorts of equippment.And they did it in almost total silence, like a group who studied a performance many times and knew exactly what do when and where without the need of many words.Professional in examining something unknown all all possible levels.I was unable to get any information on these scientist or who they worked for.But if you are one of them and readin this then I would love to hear from you!

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Your thoughts on "UFO's", strange things and the unknown

Don't take what comes below too serious please ;) I thought for the start of the new year it would be fun to talk about things we take for granted or that we would call nonsense. You know topis like those provided by Erich Däniken and other that think outside the conventional archiological range. Modern science has provided us with new insights into very old stuff but also a new look on things we thought to know better anyway. Here is some food for thought: 1. India... In this beautiful and old country it was discovered that hundreds if not over 2000 years ago people used lathe technology on stones. For example to make pillars with a weight over a few tons... Chains were created from molten rock and in many areas you find polished stone that even after hundreds of years still has a mirror finnish. Some of these creations are claimed to be made with hammer and chisel but how do you get a displayed accuracy that even modern technology struggles to provide? I don't want to clutter everything with video links but check Youtube and you will find temples in India showing musical granite pillars and chambers carved into solid rock with a precision that seems impossible! If that long ago human knd already knew about gear systems and lathe technology, then what else have we lost over time that we now claim as new technologies? How could anyone polish an entire granite hall and a big one that is to a mirror finnish? 2. Peru... Apart from being full of archeological wonders there is also the impossible to be found. The Nazca region shows, in aerial views, kilometer long and perfectly straight lines. In other regions, also in other continents, we can see images of strange people or artwork - again only from high above ground level. Some of the artwork is only in correct proportions and with proper contours if watched from a very specific angle to the mountain in question. The kilometer long lines are not simply on standard mountain faces but instead on top of mountain that have the top removed to be perfectly flat. And even with a lot of posible options to interpret the lines they look like any other huge, modern airport landing strips - including runways and tracks to areas we would call terminals or service bays. You can ignore all possible ways to interpret the design and possible use, what you can't ignore is the missing mountain top and level of accuracy on such a massive scale! 3. Pyramids... On all continents except Australia we find pyramid structures with very similar features in terms of proportions, angles and the way the face in a certain direction. In Egypt they just recently found another hidden chamber... Tunnels, too small for a human to fit point to stars and star signs. Some of the tools used to create were found with the help of small robots but also that some seem to be quite modern in age. Did grave robbers use them at a time were it is beleived that such tools were impossible to create? Or could they be as old as the pyramids itself? In south america we find pyramid structures looking quite similar to those in Egypt - why so similar in features and appearance if there was no contact between the two civilisations? To make things worse some of the Inca structures show tunnel and channel systems "leading" to the pyramid in question. Classic thought is that they were like tunnels to direct water or provide access in the beleive the jungle was not removed to hide the complex. Makes no sense if you see the city like areas that are now exposed and studied. I mean: how would created a city in the jungle without removing the trees?? What could make you wonder is a simulation that was performed several years ago. Based on a computer model in 3D different theories were tested. Irrigation was ruled out quickly, same for access routes or secret tunnels for the priests. One funny student got bored and decided to play god. Assuming the Inca priests would call their gods in the sky temple to provide rain he let a monsoon go down on the pyramid. The result was unexpected so he showed the results to his companions and they did the same test agin but simulated a massive airflow going down directly on the pyramid. Turned out the flow would be directed away under ground with more efficiency than systems Nasa uses today for rockets and space shuttles... Mind you the tunnels are far from straight and without this simulation it was trusted that they could not do this stuff... We now have rocket technology that uses surface direction and vector control. The square and flat designs leave a void insight that pretty much perferctly match the angles of those inca pyramids? Apart from pure coincidence, what could be the reason for this match in shape and angle with a tunnel system perfect to remove hot engine gasses? Ok, I admit, not all continents, the pyramids in Bosnia are just a hoax, so Europe is out of the race ;) Sorry Semir :) 4. Artwork... Be it here in Australia, the African desert or America - we find images of mystical people or rulers that could make you wonder. Again modern tech in the form color filtering, desitity readings and 3D scanning provided us details unseen before. If you think of gods in very ancient times and try to imagine you would be a native: What do think how many different images of their god could 100 people imagine? Let's agree it would be plenty... But if we study artwork in caves and rocks from around the world we find similarities that IMHO can't be explained. Many show features that, compared with modern technology, could be mistaken for helmets, gloves or even manual control systems. Others show things thought to be as simple as pine cones to resemble modern milling or finnishing tools. Again only possible by enhancing details the naked eye won't see. With no contact to each other and often thausand of years apart: What could the reason for having images of their gods show very similar and sometimes identical "features" ? 5. UFO technology and sightings... Some people love to post videos of secret weapons and UFO's that are simple rocket launches at a perfect time and with perfect weather conditions to attract attention. But what about the things we don't get to see? Just recently the US finally admitted to have a program to investigate what we might call "UFO activity", quite costly one too... This means a lot of leaked videos from fighter planes or spy planes you find on the net are actually the real deal. Often "enhanced" with editing tools but authentic ones have been released by the military and other organisations now too. If it happens over US ground and no US organisations admits to be flying the things we see than what it is? Right, it is a UFO - An Unidentified Flying Object! Does not mean it is alien, despite far too many people thinking an UFO must be alien :( UFO means just that! At the time of seeing it the ones seeing it can not identify the craft or "thing". And, no you are not alone! ;) Happens in all parts of the world and even commercial pilots upload what they can't explain. Oh, you are still a sceptic? Does that mean you think some of these sightings must be alien or do think someone down here uses technology we are not supposed to know of? If you are like me you might like to relax watching the live feed from the ISS. In case you are not try it anyway! Every noticed that that despite the stations own speed "forgeign" objects appear to come towards the station or even to grow in size very quickly? If so you also noticed another very strange thing... No matter what happens up there the stream keeps playing, even at times when the station is moved around a bit to avoid a possible hit with debris. But every single time something appears to move around the ISS or come close to it the feed cuts out. Ok, not every time, for well known stuff orbiting around like satellites, other stations, rocket lauchnes or supply flights they stay on. So, what are those flying objects changing course and direction or even circling the station? Why does the live feed cut out once an object is identified to be unidentified? 6. Roswell technology boom... Some think the US did take ownership of an alien craft, you know the stories and movies I mean... So called eye witness reports and some leaked documents all claim certain unknown technology in great detail. Anything from fibre optics and microchips, over "intelligent metals" to light enhancing glass lenses and seemingly indestructable fibres... Some say that if we would had the option to copy and understand the technology to copy it (without knowing anything about it of course) then the tech boom of the 60' would have been instantly. Imagine flat screen TV's and smartphones with GPS 50 years ago for everyone... ;) 7. Great land in the south - Antartica... The mysteries originating from Antartica range from Atlantis over hidden civilisations and living dinosaurs to the often claimed secret Nazi base with submarines and lost technologies. We all know that life as we know it can't really exists down there, so no strange animals, ancient creatures or a possibility to sustain a secret military base some 60 years ago. Or it there more to it?? Warm lakes containing fresh water with signs of life in them have already been discovered. Same for caves under the ice with temperatures far above freezing - constantly and again with signs of life. Ages ago the continent was still joint with other and in a warmer region so no wonder to find fossils. If we already found places that sustained life for thausands of years then what living things might be down there? Maybe even a place like the Galapagos Islands but for life thought be extinct - imagine Jurassic Park for real under the ice ;) With thriving life, vulcanos, rivers, lakes and all long before the dinosaurs it is not hard to imagine the remains under the ice and carved into the mountains. In todays times it all covered by ice and the sea level is much much higher, so again not hard to imagine that there might be rivers running off under the ice and into the ocean. Some maybe even connected to lakes in a hot spot sustaining life. A secret base from some secret part of the Nazi regime over 60 years ago?? Well, with all we know today about Antartica and is also known about the technological options available at that time it is possible. A submarine could have operated for days or even a few weeks under the ice with support ships available. Not just with so called secret tech but simply with a big sub on a minimum crew and the support of crude ways to reclaim and produce oxygen. If an entrance to a river leading to a suistainable area exists or existed at that time it would have been just a matter of time and endurance to find it. Of course we can't know if it was already found and removed or used since those with capable submarines and technology these days would not talk about it ;) But private or non government explorations map and drill more than ever, so once they hit "restricted areas" or create their own base and research station under the ice we will know ;) What to do if you actually see (or think you do) a real UFO?? Grab the oldest and dirtiest camera aou can find, mount it on the end of your longest fishing pole and create the shakiest video possible. And please make no references at all that would allow to get on the loctation, time or date. Jokes aside there is a good option these days, your modern smartphone, telescope, GoPro or favourite drone. A fake is often uploaded in very bad resolution often so low you might think an old webcam was used. Good fakes are often just a rocket launch, so check for this before you claim it is of unknown origins. Modern tech allows us to record a video in 4K at 60 or even 120FPS , so no excuse for a 320x240 AVI video LOL Optical zoom causes bad results so try to avoid it if possible. Image stabilisation can do wonders for free hand shots of moving objects, so crank it to the max even if the resulting video is a bit smaller in resolution. Geotagging is also a good thing as it allows an easy reference. You might see much more with you eye than what the video show, or in the best case the other way around. That means before you upload take a step back and try too see the video like someone who was not there when it happened! Are the movements reall that impossible? Is it really not just a plane, rocket flares? What sounds did you hear at the time or shortly after that might not be audible in the video? Sometimes a plane in the distance still is in the sunlight while you already stand in the dark - keep elevation in mind ;) Compare with other videos online that claim to be taken around the same time and area - sure you did not film a rocket launch? But if your video is crystal clear and shows the impossible in great detail you might want to check for the usual markings on military aircrafts or flashing lights in green and red. Still all good and impossible to explain? Then what are you waiting for? Tell us where, when and with what type of gear and upload the video so we get evidence of unknown technologies in the use/testing or an actual UFO - Unidentified flying object, until we know better. ;) Again don't take me too serious today but enjoy some of the thoughts and let your imagination wander off a bit. Lost technologies and knowlege exists, existed, is found again - whatever you want to call it. If humans could move stone blocks the size of a small house and create them with an accuracy down to the mm then they might have known more than we think they did. If we could melt granite to form new things, manipulate its sound or carve hollow heads of just a few mm in size then again we lost something well worth knowing. If in ancient times people had no way of seeing really distant and dim stars then how were they able to accurately map them and predict their movement? If milling and lathe technology was known and used when in other parts of the world we were happy to create simple and weak tools: How was it possible to create gears and know about planetary gear systems? If the evidence of the work clearly shows advance technologies used then where are the tools used and why can we find any written records or images of it being used? If even the all mighty US military, secret agencies and space programs fail to explain what they encounter quite often since we fly around: What is really that seems to try to hide from us while appearing to watch how we evolve, explore and fight wars? Since you still bother to read all this nonsense: If it appears we have "evidence" of the existance of beings capable of flying or even space travel since the dawn of time and add all the modern evidence: Is it possible someone or something has been watching us since humans came to be? Did "they" guide some cultures at some stage during their evolution to show us modern ways of creating alloys, machine stuff or understand what was magic or the gods at that time? And if they did help our evolution in some parts then why did this greatly improved society disappear with no more trace than their stone remains? How would we react if they dare to help us again? Is there a reason that even after countless encounters noone tried to shoot one of the UFO's down? I mean, not even a claim for trying since Rosswell..... Not any evidence of a recent landing either..... Or are we just watched so closely because they want something back we too from them??? ;) I blame all spelling mistakes on my annoyingly unresponsive keyboard. But if you still find some then feel free to keep them! I still demand a fee if use them to make money from them ;)

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Some of the current Ebay and Paypal scams to be aware of

Recently the spam activities increased for my inbox and with that the amount of phishing Emails and direct scams.Today I will only focus on the big two: Paypal and Ebay.1. General Paypal scams and phishing mails....Most of these are really easy to spot.Genuine Emails coming from Paypal always address you with your full name!Scam or other bad Paypal Emails will use your Email address or just your first name.There is a problem with some users here, but I will go into these details a bit further down.In most cases the scammer will spoof areal looking Paypal Email or server address.This means in your Email client the sender appears as "Paypal" and not some cryptic server address you can find in the source code of the offending mail.The simple scams use links to malware or phishing sites - often trying to look like the original so be aware of this.2. The latest and for some hard to spot Paypal scam.You are more likely to become a target if the Email looks genuine enough to fool you to click on some link in it.A lot of users do a quick check with the mouse on some links offered and check in the bottom left corner for the link that appears.Sadly in the latest scam mails the scammer uses genuine graphics and links.In some case directly from the Paypal servers, like logos and backgrounds.Only one link is in there that will fool you.If the scam informs you about a payment you supposedly made than it will be the link directing you to your account to cancel the payment for a refund.If the scam mail is about a refund you got then it is the same link - the one making it easy for you to get to your account settings.In one scam mail I landed on a really good looking copy of Paypal's login portal.The address bar however did not contain the usual secure HTTPS and neither a genuine address going to paypal.Problems with these new scam mails happen if you follow the suggestions or free will for naming your Email account.If your Email is for example tommy19726@mymail.com then you will spot this quite easy in the scam mail when you are addressed as tommy19726 instead of Tommy Hilfinger.It seems to be a favour now to have a real looking Email, so Tommy might have used Tommy.Hilfinger@mymail.com.And then in the scam mail he would be addressed as "Tommy.Hilfinger" - only the DOT is then different to a real Paypal mail!!!If you have one of these Email addresses with no numbers and just your first and last name then pay specail attention when checking Paypal mails!!!3. The latest Ebay scam from China :(Lately I had to order quite a few things that I could only get through Ebay for a reasanable price.Shipping costs were the major problem with other sources as I don't see the point in paying much more for postage than for what I bought.Anyways, the scam goes like this:You order something with a value above about $50.You get the usual payment confirmation and a few days later a tracking number.Problem is that this tracking number won't get any updates at all.It usually only states "Shipping information received".This means someone in China requested a shippment but never actually lodge an item or had one picked up.You can't do anything through Ebay until the max delivery time is over.Trying to get a working tracking number from those seller only gives you excuses but nothing of use.In many cases the answer you get has no relation to your request!Once the last date to get the shippment is over the seller keeps stalling and asks you to wait a few days more.No attempt to explain that the tracking shows that nothing at all was sent on the way gets any useful answer.It is like talking to your digital assistent set to a language you don't speak.Once you start a claim through Ebay the case and refund is handled quite quickly.Does not mean you are left alone by the seller, especially if you did the right thing and left negative feedback.And no surprise, suddenly the seller is then even able to uderstand your language LOLBiggest thing is that these dodgy seller are adjusting quickly.Once you state in your responses that you will open a calim they usually "offer" a refund.Even if you clearly state you want the item and not the refund you will get a nice thank note back and then a refund that makes a claim impossible.You are left with no item and can wait another 3 or 4 weeks if you find trustworthy seller that is.Only chance is to open a "Item not received" claim right after the last due date.But even if Ebay agrees and provides you with a refund, as they have no interest to do more, you need be quick!The item in question will end in the hidden section of your purchase history.Only if enable to show your hidden items you can then select it to rate at least the transaction for a negative feedback.If you act quick enough you can even leave negative feedback in the usual way, but only through activating your hidden items.What can you do to stay secure?The easiest way for Paypal is to simply ignore all content in any Email you get that seems to be from Paypal!Whatever you do or feel you need to check: Go directly into your Paypal account through the app or with your browser but DO NOT use any links provided in any Email.If you think an Email is suspicious then just forward the Email to "spoof@paypal.com" - or .com.au for Australia, .de for Germany and so on.In case the Email is genuine you will get a corresponding response.If the Email is indeed fishy then Paypal will notify you to delete the Email in question.For Ebay the problem is not s easy - at least if you don't buy locally.From my end I can only state it is the Chinese sellers, Hong Kong and mainland.And a few years back the recommendation was not to buy from a seller with less than 95% of positive feedback.You can try it yourself and mess up one sale if you are private and see how badly your feedback goes down - just kidding, please don't try!!!With the introduction of "power Sellers" and Ebay stores however this guide was rendered totally useless.A power seller with 99.7% positive feedback can still literally have hundrets of negative feedback comments for the past few months.Quite often you see it spiked a month or 6 ago - a clear indicator the seller is going to new account and tries to make as much quick money as possible before Ebay closes him down for good.If in doubt you really need to check the negative feedback in detail before buying.Some really dodgy sellers make all sales "private".This not only removes the item from the feedback but also the sale price.Intended only for special uses, Ebay sees no need to stop this misuse.If you can't see detailed feedback for a seller then just don't trust the seller!If you see way too many negative feedback comments during the past 6 months then stay away!Click on other listing showing identical listing images and you can be almost certain that even if the seller name is different it will be the same scammer.You can usually confirm this by seeing a similar pile up of negative feedback with that seller.Why do I stress so much about Ebay scammers if you get a refund anyways?Interest...No really, I mean interest in getting it for the money in your account.Firstly, if you wasted about 100 bucks and waited a few weeks for finally getting a refund, then you were out of pocket twice.Once by paying for something you never got and then again for the money you lost in interest.Sure on your end only a few cents worth...But see it from the other side:Have just hundred transactions of $50 going into your Paypal account where you never actually bother to send anything.Add a longer than usual shipping time and make it free.Means you have $5000 in your account collecting interest rates for 4 to 6 weeks.Do it on an even bigger scale and you can invest 10.000 or more on a regular base.With up to 10% of interest on foreign currency Chinese banks are only too happy to take it.Or did you never wonder why an item sold in Greece needs to be paid for in US Dollar, UK Pound or Canadian Dollar? ;)A good Ebay scammer can make over $25.000US in interest rate payouts this way before Ebay even decides to limit or monitor his sales.And once Ebay or the feedback rating goes to negative on him it continues on another account with the same items and availbilities.Quite often you can find a seller has let's say 5 items sold and 12 still available.Isn't it then funny and of course pure coincidence that another seller has the same, hard to find item, with the exact same 5 items sold and 12 available?Ebay has no interest to actually stopping this in any way, Paypal also prefers to look away if the same account is used for multiple Ebay accounts.Not even the need to provide the Paypal details of the seller in plain english is a requirement anymore.You need to use a translator to figure out what "company" is behind the Paypal account and it never matches the Ebay account in any way....I did some checks on the few suspicious sellers that still had at least item prices listed with their negative feedback.There are some out there having a vlue of well over $12.000US in "not received" claims over the last 12 months.About a year ago I tried to start a little (ad sponsored) reporting service online.Scammed Ebay users were asked to provide the details about the item, Paypal address of the seller and the amount/time until refunded.Within 3 days of going online and with only having two users that reported a scammer my provider gave me a shut down notice - effective immediately.A few days later I got an Email stating my website was shut after both Ebay and Paypal stated I would violate their privacy terms and break US law.Needless to say this notice also included a note informing me that if I attempt to conitnue to provide such service I will be taken to court for legal action.So what was the fuzz all about you might wonder?It was planned that users can provide the required data, without this data actually showing up anywhere.Once the databse was full enough a user could enter a seller or shop name or even a Paypal account to have it checked for negative things.You either get "unknown" or a list that states when and how many users reported this seller.With no deatils about any transactions, item numbers or user names linked.Did I mention how supportive Ebay and Paypal were when I contacted them about the take down notice? ROFLRules and regulations...I pointed these flaws out to Ebay and Paypal more times than I can count over the past 3 or four years.But as always, money is all that matters and those scammers won't be stopped.If you get a refund then the seller will be punished by more than your feedback, only if the Paypal account he used was unable to provide the required funds.In the rare case the Paypal account disappears with the seller you will notice the refund comes from Ebay or Paypal but not from the seller's account.This is the only real buyer protection Ebay has on offer.The rest is just following the pressure of local laws, especially in terms of refund and warranties.Does not mean though a warranty for an Ebay item will be honored by a company....If you start selling on Ebay then one big requirement is to have a validated Paypal account.Also a real physical address - although this is only too often just taken as granted once you had a delivery to your nominated address.Either way you Paypal account's address and name must match what you used for Ebay.Means if things go really south both Ebay and Payl will have enough details to surrender you to the local law.In China however things are different, starting with space.An export business is highly subsidised as it brings in foreign currency.So you can just hire a dummy letter box in some office building for company purposes.All mail however will be directed to whatever real address you specified for your "company".Same for actual company grounds.A n awful lot of producing factories/companies over there get additional support by the government for supporting small export businesses.That means you, as a little Chinese Ebay power seller forward your orders to whatever factory produces or stores these thing in huge amounts.This company then does all the shipping for you.Becomes really clear once you try to figure out from where you Ebay shippment really came.There won't be any Ebay seller name on the address, same for whatever you found in the Paypal invoice.The guy can just sit in his lounge room and never actually touches any shippment at all.In mayn cases those sellers have good discounts and since small items ship for free out of China, no one complains about the extra work.Both Ebay and Paypal are well aware of those loop holes in China!But as with multiple accounts they look away and prefer not to act as long as the money keeps flowing.

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Hydrogen Peroxide at home and in the Garden

Although the topic is quite old for some of us and mostly because I am too lazy today to make an Instructable: Hydrogen Peroxide ! Back in the day Hydrogen Peroxide was mainly known for the ability to bleech your hair, later it replaced chlorine based products for the preparation of paper and organic fibres. For me it is a good opportunity to go back in time and to pull out some of the remedies my grandparents already used. Who knows, there might be something that helps you or you might know other good uses that I failed to mention here, so feel free to comment. First off: What actually is hydrogen peroxide? We could check Wikipedia but I think it is enough to say that it basically water with an added oxgen mulecule which turn the stuff into a quite powerfull oxidizer. When hydrogen peroxide reacts the added oxygen is released and the normal water remains. Precausions and health risks. In the normal supermarket form hydrogen peroxide comes at a strenght of just 3%. This is just enough for wound treatment or cleaning off a fresh and small stain. The stuff you can buy at your hair dresser comes in concentrations of 5-15%, above that it is of little use to them. Pool grade peroxide however can come as high as 50%. It often requires a permit of at least leaving a copy of your drivers license to buy such high concentration but well worth it price wise. The downside of anything above 5% is a risk for your skin, eyes and airways. So when handling hydrogen peroxide you should waer long sleeve rubber gloves, safety or better swimming goggles and make sure that you don't create vapour by spraying it against the wind direction. Having water at hand to dilute and spillage on your skin is always good. What happens to me if things go wrong? Well, if handled correctly nothing should go wrong but of cause the worst would be eye contact. Getting concentrated hydrogen peroxide in your eyes means extreme pain and even with rinsing it out asap eye damage is more than just possible. Again: wear proper eye protection and if spraying use a filter mask, the paper type is enough!!! Nothing immediate happens on sking contact but a few minutes after contact the skin will turn slightly brown or goes white. This is caused by the oxygen release into your skin cells, if washed off quickly after noticing the discoloration will fade after a few hours. Prolonged exposure of the skin can cause skin cells to fully discolor and living cells might get damaged - a burning sensation is usually the sign that you need to wash the area now ;) Enough bad stuff said, let's see what we can do in the garden.... Fungal infection of your old roses or on your fruit trees? Sometimes the weather does not like our plants and by the time we discover a fungal infestation it is usually pruning time. There are commercial producta available that work quite well but especially the copper based ones tend to do more harm than good in th long run. An alternative is a solution of 10-20% hydrogen peroxide. Spray generously over all affected parts of the plant, leaves, twigs, stem and all. Make sure everything is properly wet! In some cases the fungus can act as a water replellent and it seems impossible to get any of the solution to wet these areas - a drop of dish washing liquid into the bottle will fix this! Watever runs off can be left as it only helps to get oxygen into the soil but of course you should not soak the area... Leave it on for about an hour, around 20 minutes if it quite warm. Rinse all off with clear water and repeat every 2 days for 5 treatments all up. After this time wait 2 or 3 weeks and check if the fungus still gows in some hard to reach areas. If so then repeat the treatment there until satisfied but wait another 2 weeks every 5 single treatments. In some areas of the world certain types of fungus on roses are refered to as "rust". ----- Moved into a new home and the garden beds smell really bad? The last house I moved into had a previous occupant with a big dog but no time to clean after his pet. The garden beds looked dead and I mean so dead that I could not even find weeds in them. And the smell was a distinct mix of old dog poo with lots of fresh cat poo mixed in it - the perfect outdoor pet toilet :( Trying to dig it all under made me recover that the top soil was more §$&*# than soil. I had to get rid of the bacteria of all the poo and somehow neutralize a lot of the unwanted "nutrients". The solution was to first loosen all the soil as deep as I could go. Then I added rice straw (but anything straw like or dry grass will do) to mix it through. At this stage I wished I had a gas mask LOL All up the contaminated garden beds covered about 20square meters. I got a 10 liter canister of pool grade hydrogen peroxide, from this I diluted down with 20 liters of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to help with the soil wetting. All was applied as evenly as I good with a watering can and then the area was covered with some tarp to try keeping as much oxygen on and in the soil as possible. A day later the tarp was removed and all beds watered with hose to drowning point. This watering was repeated every 3 days for 3 weeks to drive out all the excess and unwanted nutrients from the poo. The smell was already gone except for some cat urine residue which disappeared after some rounds of watering. Three months after the initial treatment I did some soil tests, added nutrients were required and the next season I had vegetables growing :) ----- Planting? Whether from seeds or seedlings, give hydrogen peroxide a try! I use a 5% solution to soak the potting mix I use before putting my seeds in it. Not only does it kill a few of the unwanted things that might still be in there but it adds a lot of oxygen into the soil, which gives the seeds a much better start. For seeds I use a 5% solution as well but only leave them in for about an hour before placing them between some wet paper towels until they start germinating. This way I can be sure all harmful bacteria and fungal spores are dead and I can use a sterile seed to keep going. Might just be my opinion but I think the germination rate is better and seedling in comparison start growing faster and stronger. Home uses.... As we learned before hydrogen peroxide, at least in higher concentrations is a powerful way to remove fungus. In our bathrooms we often have the problem that the ceiling starts to develop black spots as in the colder times water condenses here and takes a long time to dry off. If you now go to your favorite hardware store they will recommend the use of a chlorine based product, basically bleach... And although it does the job it also means your house will stink for days and if you scrub the ceiling you will get it on your sking and stink too. Hydrogen peroxide at 20% or higher concentrations can be sprayed onto the cleiling :) Of course you will need good protection for this and all things color should be removed, like towels or floor mats. By protection I mean a minimum of swimming goggles, a tyvek suit or similar to cover all exposed skin areas and at least a paper dust mask, better a filtered respirator like you use for spray painting or using insecticides. If you have a spray bottle with an adjustable nozzle then a stream is far better than a spray mist!! Not only is your exposure far lower but it much easier to wet the ceiling quickly. Wet all affected areas, then leave and the room, close the door and take off all clothes you used t protect you. The clothes can be left out to dry but double check that you had no soaked spot where your sking might have been in contact - if so rinse the skin with plenty of water! It will take some time to work and then dry, so best to do this in the summer time or if during the colder times you need to make sure the room is porperly heated and aired out to dry! Repeat until all black spots are gone, really bad areas will leave a permanent discoloration looking like a slight brwonish color is the ligh it right otherwise you won't see it. Once fully dry it is best to scrape off all lose paint and then to use a acrylic based sealer before giving the ceiling a fresh coat of white. The sealer will prevent the water to penetrate more than the paint level and if you get the fungus back on the paint it is far easier to clean ;) ----- Carpet cleaning.... When moving into a new rental with carpet on the floor you often are left with areas indicating the carpet might be "clean" but the underlay certainly is not. You can fix the underlay but you certainly can make sure all harmful stuff is gone from the carpet. Carpet cleaning machines can be hired but often much cheaper if you buy the "recommended" cleaning product with it. Rent is usually based on a daily base and price depends on how much cleaner you need. If you only want to desinfect the carpet which otherwise looks mostly fine than go for the smallest pack available and use it to spot clean areas you want cleaner first. For the desinfecting part I recommend to test how high you can go with the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide before using it on a big scale - keep in mind the carpet will never be fully dry and the remaining peroxide will continue to act! Test a 10% solution first before you go higher as you don't want to buy 30 liters or more of pool grade peroxide - just trust me on that one and only try to buy this much you do want to get into trouble a few days later! If 10 percent solution left on the carpet does not cause any bleaching of the fabric (unwanted bleaching that is) you can try higher for spot cleaning in demanding areas. A good spot to try the solution is under the cover or duct outlets, under these joining bars where carpet changes to tiles (if you can lift them off) or in wardrobes if the carpet goes inside. There are two way to treat your carpet once the general cleaning is done. a) use a garden sprayer or similar to wet the carpet This is good for single room treatment like for the baby room but especially on thicker carpets it requires a lot of solution and can become costly. Once wet leave for at least 30 minutes so the peroxide can do its thing, then use the machine with either the solution filled or just to dry off the carpet. I recommend to use the peroxide solution in the machine as it allows for better penetration and it will remove more soiled solution this way. If your catching container starts bubbling like mad it means you have a lot of §$%&#+ in the carpet and it might be best to first clean it all with the normal carpet cleaning agent before using the peroxide again - again tesing on smaller areas can help wasting the peroxide. If you need to store prepared solutions than it is best in a cold place. It will take several hours on an otherwise clean carpet for the peroxide to fully disappear so it best to use shoes and prevent skin contact during that time - especially if a baby crawls around ;) ----- Toilet.... We don't want to talk about it but everyone needs to clean their toilet sooner or later. For most things in there using the toilet brush when it happens will keep things clean and healthy. But what if someone in the house is sick or with a weak immune system? You could use all sorts of commercial cleaners and desinfectants but a wipe with wet towel or cloth soaked in a 10% solution of hydrogen peroxide will quickly eliminate all harmfull things on your seat, lid or bowl, including the buttons to press and the door handles ;) Just wipe and leave it wet for a minute or two then wipe again and ry - done! Personal use I always pack a small bottle of supermarket grade peroxide when going off road or camping trips. Although we now have modern desinfectants that won't stink or otherwise harm you I still prefer the old stuff ;) If you are far from civilisation than the last thing you want to need is medical attention for something that started as small as a scratch or graze.... Out in the unkown wilderness you will never know if the rockk you just crash landed on was used as a urinal by a fox the night before... A bit of gravel left in your skin might contain harmful bacteria... A cut with your own knife?? - What did you all cut since the last proper cleaning of the blade? You see where I am going here, a small thing might turn into something really nasty a day or two later. If you clean a freash and minor wound properly and then rinsie it with hydrogen perodixe most if not all harmful leftovers will be killed by the releasing oxygen. Of course this pretty much useless on bleeding wounds or where it is obvious that you won't be able to remove all debris from the wound - here it means you trip is still over in favour for proper medical treatment. The thing is that hydrogen peroxide was basically abandoned for all wound treatment once the modern "cleaning aids" became available as the peroxide will not only attack harmful things but also living tissue. The claims goes as far as causing bad scar tissue, damage to blood vessels and even "burning" of the tissue. One big problem I have with all these claims is that they were never really mentioned until the new meds came out. IMHO exposure time and how you use it it the key - common sense if you ask me. Noone should ever soak a wound in peroxide, if it is that big that you need to soak it you need medical attention anyway. And as said you should rinse the wound, that means all remaining liquid should be allowed to flow off - this will only leave a minor amount of peroxide in the wound and the exposure time will end with once all oxygen is released. For minor wounds I only use a paper tissue or cotton bud soaked in peroxide and wipe the wound.... ----- Smelly feet? Ok, maybe not the best way to start a conversation but we all know what sneakers do to our feet in the summer... Insoles with copper and activated carbon will help a lot and at least "cure" your sneakers while they are off your feet and have time to dry. But the smell is actually cause by bacteria growing from everywherey in your sneaker to your sking, actuall starting at your sking... If you wear your sneakers for long periods of time time or even whenever possible and also suffer from a bad smell hydrogen peroxide might be able to help you. Most sneakers will tolerate a machine wash and should come out germ free, if that is no option pack them in a sealed back and leaven them in the freezer over night - this will kill all bacteria and remove the smell. Now to break the endless cycle you need to remove the bacteria from inside your skin. So daily sock changes, freezing shoes and washing feet is a must! Your feet will really benefit from a foot bath in a 5% solution of hydrogen peroxide. To keep costs at a minimum use a container that is just the right size for your feet and prepare the solution from pool grade peroxide. I an ideal case you should not need more than 2 liters but all used product can be stored cool and re-used the next day, after that you need to make a new batch. Keep your feet submerged for at least 10 minutes. This will allow a deep penetration of the skin but might result in some white spots that will disappear after a few hours. Consenquent foot baths can be reduced to 5 minutes. After about a week you should notice that wearing your sneakes no longer causes and bad smell and you can stop the treatment. Freezing the sneakers over night, dialy (or more) sock changes and daily, proper cleaning of your feet should prevent any further bad smells :) ----- Bleaching your hair Althoug it was done for many years I really can't recommend using hydron peroxide for this purpose! Any concentration strong enough to have a proper effect in a reasonable time will at least cuase skin irritation. Back in the days they said your burning scalp is what you need to endure to get blonde hair :( And as said already you really don't want to get that stuff into your eyes... General uses If you have a fruit based stain then cahnces are hydrogen peroxide will remove it, especially if fresh. Even at supermarket concentration repeated application and proper drying off with a paper towel or similar will remove even red wine or beetroot stains. ------ Blood... On you skin blood is easy removed with cold water, same on other surfaces but washing off is no option a wet cloth or cotton piece will work fine. Hydrogen peroxide is good if things need to go fst or if the surface is porous, here the releasing oxigen will drive out the blood with the bubbles. ----- Fish tanks... If you love your tank then you really hate to medicate or even worse have a bad algea infestion, especially the stuff of the black kind. A change to activated carbon filter material is always recommended after a medical treatment to remove all leftovers from the system. However, certain medication simply won't be affected by a carbon filter and stay in the system until fully used or broken down otherwise. Especially in bigger tanks a partial water change is often out of the question as it would cause too much additional stress to the fish and plants. Hydrogen peroxide can help to break down most if not all remains of the used medication while at the same time adding more oxygen to the water. To be sensitive and safe in all enviroments I recomment to calculate the concentration based on the volume of your tank and to add the required amount of peroxide very slowly into the outgoing water stream from your pump. By slowly I mean in terms of a slow drip if using solutions over 10% to be added to the tank. If in doubt remove a suitable amount of tank water into a bucket and add the concentrated peroxide to reach the final tank limit. I strongly recommend to stay below 2% in favour over additional treatments a few days later if required. That means the diluted solution you add should be entered into the tank slowly if in doubt add a glass full every few minutes. For the treatment of the dreaded black algea you do the same 2% solution but be prepared that it will take several treatment until you see them die off. If you can then it is best relocate the fish for a few days so you can use a stronger solution of 5-8% just with the plants left in the tank. When transporting fish in a bag it can pay off to add a little bit of 3% peroxide to the bag to give additional oxygen for transport. I do this maually for every fish I buy from a store so I can be sure all fungus and bacteris is killed of before I introduce it to my tank. Really helps to prevent loosing a lot of fish just because you added one or two more to your tank ;) For the normal sized transport bags I use a good shot glass full of 3% peroxide in case you wondered. ----- Fridge and freezer Be it after long use or because you bought one second hand - once empty and warm some of our colling gadget just smell bad. A good clean with a hot water and your favourite cleaning agent is a good start, no need for aggressive stuff ;) If clean but still smelly, like after a power failure with fish in it you might want to go one step further. Best option is to use a spray bottle and a peroxide solution of at least 15% here. Use proper protection as mentioned above and spray all surface with the solution until soaked. What you can take out you take you take out, clean properly and then wipe or brush with the same peroxide solution. Bare aluminium should be handled with caution as in some cases it can oxidise badly, leaving a white and not removable crust behind. Here it is best to wipe and then wipe again with a cloth soaked in clear water to limit exposure time. No need to dry out - wipe out and check if it still smells, if so repeat and wiped off all areas as good as you can with a solution soaked cloth. Once the smell is gone dry out and enjoy smell free use from now on :) ----- Fruit and vegetables Unless you know exactly what happened to it you might want to clean your vegies and fruits properly before using them. Pesticides, herbicites, fungicites.... Not mention normal fungus and bacteria on the product.... On a commercial base hydron peroxide baths are often used to clean products for sensible people, hospital use or long term storage. For a personal use this only makes sense if you have free and unlimited access to the peroxide. An alternative are ozone bubblers. Expensive models can eb bought in shops or online, complete with timers or even a gauge showing the concentration in a room. On a hobby level for the kitchen sink we can use an ozone generator, air pump and bubble stone from the aquarium store ;) Let the pump bubble out the ozone for a minute or two, fill the sink with the fruit and veggies and move them around every few minutes. Best of course with an open window to limit you exposure to the ozone! Rule of thumb: If you can smell it is already too much in the air! The ozone in the water does the same as the peroxide: It breaks down harmful things with pure oxygen. The downside is that it is very harmful for your airways and body in general, so against all what youtube can offer I actually prefer to treat my fruit and veggie in a sealed bag. Place them inside, push out as much air as you can and then fill up with the ozone from the generator. Once the bag is full leave for about 30 minutes then wash and use or place the things in the fridge.

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: Arduino + Adafruit wave sheild + IR + Keypad sound board

Hi , was wondering if you could point me in the right direction I'm very new to Arduino I built last year a simple board with adafruit wave shield and added a simple 12 digit key pad to play 12 sounds + power up I have got the codes for the KEYES IR receiver so know the IR is correctly connected and library loaded im trying to integrate the IR code so can change the sounds by IR remote ideally with option of the buttons (if have to loose the buttons and just use remote that's fine) have copied the code below for how it works now just buttons   I found some code for Cylon Pumpkin that works great with just the remote but would also like to integrate the 12 digit keypad Thank you in advance for any help or pointers you can suggest Richard CODE FOR 12 DIGIT BUTTON PRESS /* ADAVOICE is an Arduino-based voice pitch changer plus WAV playback. Fun for Halloween costumes, comic convention getups and other shenanigans! Hardware requirements: - Arduino Uno, Duemilanove or Diecimila (not Mega or Leonardo compatible). - Adafruit Wave Shield - Speaker attached to Wave Shield output - Battery for portable use If using the voice pitch changer, you will also need: - Adafruit Microphone Breakout - 10K potentiometer for setting pitch (or hardcode in sketch) If using the WAV playback, you will also need: - SD card - Keypad, buttons or other sensor(s) for triggering sounds Software requirements: - WaveHC library for Arduino - Demo WAV files on FAT-formatted SD card This example sketch uses a 3x4 keypad for triggering sounds...but with some changes could be adapted to use several discrete buttons, Hall effect sensors, force-sensing resistors (FSRs), I2C keypads, etc. (or if you just want the voice effect, no buttons at all). Connections: - 3.3V to mic amp+, 1 leg of potentiometer and Arduino AREF pin - GND to mic amp-, opposite leg of potentiometer - Analog pin 0 to mic amp output - Analog pin 1 to center tap of potentiometer - Wave Shield output to speaker or amplifier - Matrix is wired to pins A2, A3, A4, A5 (rows) and 6, 7, 8 (columns) - Wave shield is assumed wired as in product tutorial Potentiometer sets playback pitch. Pitch adjustment does NOT work in realtime -- audio sampling requires 100% of the ADC. Pitch setting is read at startup (or reset) and after a WAV finishes playing. POINT SPEAKER AWAY FROM MIC to avoid feedback. Written by Adafruit industries, with portions adapted from the 'PiSpeakHC' sketch included with WaveHC library. */ #include #include SdReader card; // This object holds the information for the card FatVolume vol; // This holds the information for the partition on the card FatReader root; // This holds the information for the volumes root directory FatReader file; // This object represent the WAV file for a pi digit or period WaveHC wave; // This is the only wave (audio) object, -- we only play one at a time #define error(msg) error_P(PSTR(msg)) // Macro allows error messages in flash memory #define ADC_CHANNEL 0 // Microphone on Analog pin 0 // Wave shield DAC: digital pins 2, 3, 4, 5 #define DAC_CS_PORT PORTD #define DAC_CS PORTD2 #define DAC_CLK_PORT PORTD #define DAC_CLK PORTD3 #define DAC_DI_PORT PORTD #define DAC_DI PORTD4 #define DAC_LATCH_PORT PORTD #define DAC_LATCH PORTD5 uint16_t in = 0, out = 0, xf = 0, nSamples; // Audio sample counters uint8_t adc_save; // Default ADC mode // WaveHC didn't declare it's working buffers private or static, // so we can be sneaky and borrow the same RAM for audio sampling! extern uint8_t buffer1[PLAYBUFFLEN], // Audio sample LSB buffer2[PLAYBUFFLEN]; // Audio sample MSB #define XFADE 16 // Number of samples for cross-fade #define MAX_SAMPLES (PLAYBUFFLEN - XFADE) // Remaining available audio samples // Keypad information: uint8_t rows[] = { A2, A3, A4, A5 }, // Keypad rows connect to these pins cols[] = { 6, 7, 8, 9 }, // Keypad columns connect to these pins r = 0, // Current row being examined prev = 255, // Previous key reading (or 255 if none) count = 0; // Counter for button debouncing #define DEBOUNCE 10 // Number of iterations before button 'takes' // Keypad/WAV information. Number of elements here should match the // number of keypad rows times the number of columns, plus one: const char *sound[] = { "Crashing" , "Damaged", "InFlight" , "PowerUp" , // Row 1 = Darth Vader sounds "Brkdown3" , "Brkdown2" , "Brkdown" , "PowerUp" , // Row 2 = Godzilla sounds "Landing", "drain" , "Shutdown" , "PowerUp" , // Row 3 = Dug the dog sounds "Silent", "TakeOff", "Vortex" , "PowerUp" , // Row 4 = Cartoon/SFX sound "PowerUp" }; // Extra item = boot sound //////////////////////////////////// SETUP void setup() { uint8_t i; Serial.begin(9600); // The WaveHC library normally initializes the DAC pins...but only after // an SD card is detected and a valid file is passed. Need to init the // pins manually here so that voice FX works even without a card. pinMode(2, OUTPUT); // Chip select pinMode(3, OUTPUT); // Serial clock pinMode(4, OUTPUT); // Serial data pinMode(5, OUTPUT); // Latch digitalWrite(2, HIGH); // Set chip select high // Init SD library, show root directory. Note that errors are displayed // but NOT regarded as fatal -- the program will continue with voice FX! if(!card.init()) SerialPrint_P("Card init. failed!"); else if(!vol.init(card)) SerialPrint_P("No partition!"); else if(!root.openRoot(vol)) SerialPrint_P("Couldn't open dir"); else { PgmPrintln("Files found:"); root.ls(); // Play startup sound (last file in array). playfile(sizeof(sound) / sizeof(sound[0]) - 1); } // Optional, but may make sampling and playback a little smoother: // Disable Timer0 interrupt. This means delay(), millis() etc. won't // work. Comment this out if you really, really need those functions. TIMSK0 = 0; // Set up Analog-to-Digital converter: analogReference(EXTERNAL); // 3.3V to AREF adc_save = ADCSRA; // Save ADC setting for restore later // Set keypad rows to outputs, set to HIGH logic level: for(i=0; i pinMode(rows[i], OUTPUT); digitalWrite(rows[i], HIGH); } // Set keypad columns to inputs, enable pull-up resistors: for(i=0; i pinMode(cols[i], INPUT); digitalWrite(cols[i], HIGH); } while(wave.isplaying); // Wait for startup sound to finish... startPitchShift(); // and start the pitch-shift mode by default. } //////////////////////////////////// LOOP // As written here, the loop function scans a keypad to triggers sounds // (stopping and restarting the voice effect as needed). If all you need // is a couple of buttons, it may be easier to tear this out and start // over with some simple digitalRead() calls. void loop() { uint8_t c, button; // Set current row to LOW logic state... digitalWrite(rows[r], LOW); // ...then examine column buttons for a match... for(c=0; c if(digitalRead(cols[c]) == LOW) { // First match. button = r * sizeof(cols) + c; // Get button index. if(button == prev) { // Same button as before? if(++count >= DEBOUNCE) { // Yes. Held beyond debounce threshold? if(wave.isplaying) wave.stop(); // Stop current WAV (if any) else stopPitchShift(); // or stop voice effect playfile(button); // and play new sound. while(digitalRead(cols[c]) == LOW); // Wait for button release. prev = 255; // Reset debounce values. count = 0; } } else { // Not same button as prior pass. prev = button; // Record new button and count = 0; // restart debounce counter. } } } // Restore current row to HIGH logic state and advance row counter... digitalWrite(rows[r], HIGH); if(++r >= sizeof(rows)) { // If last row scanned... r = 0; // Reset row counter // If no new sounds have been triggered at this point, and if the // pitch-shifter is not running, re-start it... if(!wave.isplaying && !(TIMSK2 & _BV(TOIE2))) startPitchShift(); } } //////////////////////////////////// HELPERS // Open and start playing a WAV file void playfile(int idx) { char filename[13]; (void)sprintf(filename,"%s.wav", sound[idx]); Serial.print("File: "); Serial.println(filename); if(!file.open(root, filename)) { PgmPrint("Couldn't open file "); Serial.print(filename); return; } if(!wave.create(file)) { PgmPrintln("Not a valid WAV"); return; } wave.play(); } //////////////////////////////////// PITCH-SHIFT CODE void startPitchShift() { // Read analog pitch setting before starting audio sampling: int pitch = analogRead(1); Serial.print("Pitch: "); Serial.println(pitch); // Right now the sketch just uses a fixed sound buffer length of // 128 samples. It may be the case that the buffer length should // vary with pitch for better results...further experimentation // is required here. nSamples = 128; //nSamples = F_CPU / 3200 / OCR2A; // ??? //if(nSamples > MAX_SAMPLES) nSamples = MAX_SAMPLES; //else if(nSamples < (XFADE * 2)) nSamples = XFADE * 2; memset(buffer1, 0, nSamples + XFADE); // Clear sample buffers memset(buffer2, 2, nSamples + XFADE); // (set all samples to 512) // WaveHC library already defines a Timer1 interrupt handler. Since we // want to use the stock library and not require a special fork, Timer2 // is used for a sample-playing interrupt here. As it's only an 8-bit // timer, a sizeable prescaler is used (32:1) to generate intervals // spanning the desired range (~4.8 KHz to ~19 KHz, or +/- 1 octave // from the sampling frequency). This does limit the available number // of speed 'steps' in between (about 79 total), but seems enough. TCCR2A = _BV(WGM21) | _BV(WGM20); // Mode 7 (fast PWM), OC2 disconnected TCCR2B = _BV(WGM22) | _BV(CS21) | _BV(CS20); // 32:1 prescale OCR2A = map(pitch, 0, 1023, F_CPU / 32 / (9615 / 2), // Lowest pitch = -1 octave F_CPU / 32 / (9615 * 2)); // Highest pitch = +1 octave // Start up ADC in free-run mode for audio sampling: DIDR0 |= _BV(ADC0D); // Disable digital input buffer on ADC0 ADMUX = ADC_CHANNEL; // Channel sel, right-adj, AREF to 3.3V regulator ADCSRB = 0; // Free-run mode ADCSRA = _BV(ADEN) | // Enable ADC _BV(ADSC) | // Start conversions _BV(ADATE) | // Auto-trigger enable _BV(ADIE) | // Interrupt enable _BV(ADPS2) | // 128:1 prescale... _BV(ADPS1) | // ...yields 125 KHz ADC clock... _BV(ADPS0); // ...13 cycles/conversion = ~9615 Hz TIMSK2 |= _BV(TOIE2); // Enable Timer2 overflow interrupt sei(); // Enable interrupts } void stopPitchShift() { ADCSRA = adc_save; // Disable ADC interrupt and allow normal use TIMSK2 = 0; // Disable Timer2 Interrupt } ISR(ADC_vect, ISR_BLOCK) { // ADC conversion complete // Save old sample from 'in' position to xfade buffer: buffer1[nSamples + xf] = buffer1[in]; buffer2[nSamples + xf] = buffer2[in]; if(++xf >= XFADE) xf = 0; // Store new value in sample buffers: buffer1[in] = ADCL; // MUST read ADCL first! buffer2[in] = ADCH; if(++in >= nSamples) in = 0; } ISR(TIMER2_OVF_vect) { // Playback interrupt uint16_t s; uint8_t w, inv, hi, lo, bit; int o2, i2, pos; // Cross fade around circular buffer 'seam'. if((o2 = (int)out) == (i2 = (int)in)) { // Sample positions coincide. Use cross-fade buffer data directly. pos = nSamples + xf; hi = (buffer2[pos] << 2) | (buffer1[pos] >> 6); // Expand 10-bit data lo = (buffer1[pos] << 2) | buffer2[pos]; // to 12 bits } if((o2 < i2) && (o2 > (i2 - XFADE))) { // Output sample is close to end of input samples. Cross-fade to // avoid click. The shift operations here assume that XFADE is 16; // will need adjustment if that changes. w = in - out; // Weight of sample (1-n) inv = XFADE - w; // Weight of xfade pos = nSamples + ((inv + xf) % XFADE); s = ((buffer2[out] << 8) | buffer1[out]) * w + ((buffer2[pos] << 8) | buffer1[pos]) * inv; hi = s >> 10; // Shift 14 bit result lo = s >> 2; // down to 12 bits } else if (o2 > (i2 + nSamples - XFADE)) { // More cross-fade condition w = in + nSamples - out; inv = XFADE - w; pos = nSamples + ((inv + xf) % XFADE); s = ((buffer2[out] << 8) | buffer1[out]) * w + ((buffer2[pos] << 8) | buffer1[pos]) * inv; hi = s >> 10; // Shift 14 bit result lo = s >> 2; // down to 12 bits } else { // Input and output counters don't coincide -- just use sample directly. hi = (buffer2[out] << 2) | (buffer1[out] >> 6); // Expand 10-bit data lo = (buffer1[out] << 2) | buffer2[out]; // to 12 bits } // Might be possible to tweak 'hi' and 'lo' at this point to achieve // different voice modulations -- robot effect, etc.? DAC_CS_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CS); // Select DAC // Clock out 4 bits DAC config (not in loop because it's constant) DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); // 0 = Select DAC A, unbuffered DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); // 1X gain, enable = 1 DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); for(bit=0x08; bit; bit>>=1) { // Clock out first 4 bits of data if(hi & bit) DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); else DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); } for(bit=0x80; bit; bit>>=1) { // Clock out last 8 bits of data if(lo & bit) DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); else DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); } DAC_CS_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CS); // Unselect DAC if(++out >= nSamples) out = 0; } CODE I FOUND FOR IR  ClyonPumpkin That I want to integrate in above   /* * Text-to-speech example to speak the first n digits of pi. * The number is stored in flash, each digit is spoken one at a time. */ #include #include #include SdReader card;    // This object holds the information for the card FatVolume vol;    // This holds the information for the partition on the card FatReader root;   // This holds the information for the volumes root directory FatReader file;   // This object represent the WAV file for a pi digit or period WaveHC wave;      // This is the only wave (audio) object, since we will only play one at a time char eyesound[13]="eye2.wav"; int mute = 0; /* * Define macro to put error messages in flash memory */ #define error(msg) error_P(PSTR(msg)) // IR Remote code int RECV_PIN = 9;  // pin 11 used by SD card interface so select pin 9 for IR IRrecv irrecv(RECV_PIN); decode_results results; long lasttime=0, lastcode=0, timediff=0; //////////////////////////////////// SETUP void setup() {   // set up Serial library at 9600 bps   Serial.begin(9600);               if (!card.init()) {     error("Card init. failed!");   }   if (!vol.init(card)) {     error("No partition!");   }   if (!root.openRoot(vol)) {     error("Couldn't open dir");   }   irrecv.enableIRIn(); // Start the IR receiver } /////////////////////////////////// LOOP void loop() {   if(mute == 0) playcomplete(eyesound);   // check for keypress happened   if (irrecv.decode(&results;)) {      Serial.println(results.value, HEX);      switch (results.value) {        case 0x83228B74:    // 1          playcomplete("command.wav");          break;        case 0x83228F70:    // 2          playcomplete("entertan.wav");          break;        case 0x8322906F:    // 3          playcomplete("extermin.wav");          break;        case 0x83228A75:    // 4          playcomplete("leader.wav");          break;        case 0x8322847B:    // 5          playcomplete("survivor.wav");          break;         case 0x83227887:    // 6          playcomplete("atention.wav");          break;        case 0x8322629D:    // vol up          mute = 0;         // mute off          break;         case 0x83226E91:    // mute          { Serial.println("mute detected");            timediff=millis()-lasttime;            Serial.println(timediff);            if(lastcode!=results.value || (lastcode==results.value && (timediff>1600)) ) {               if( mute == 0 ) { // is mute off?                  Serial.println("toggle off to on");                  mute = 1;      // turn on                  // delay(1000);    // wait a bit for debounce                  break;                 }               if( mute == 1 ) { // is mute on?                  mute = 0;      // turn off                  Serial.println("toggle on to off");                  break;                 }              } // end if             break;           } // end case        } // end switch      lastcode = results.value;      lasttime = millis();      irrecv.resume();   // Receive the next value   } } /////////////////////////////////// HELPERS /* * print error message and halt */ void error_P(const char *str) {   PgmPrint("Error: ");   SerialPrint_P(str);   sdErrorCheck();   while(1); } /* * print error message and halt if SD I/O error */ void sdErrorCheck(void) {   if (!card.errorCode()) return;   PgmPrint("\r\nSD I/O error: ");   Serial.print(card.errorCode(), HEX);   PgmPrint(", ");   Serial.println(card.errorData(), HEX);   while(1); } /* * Play a file and wait for it to complete */ void playcomplete(char *name) {   playfile(name);   while (wave.isplaying);     // see if an error occurred while playing   sdErrorCheck(); } /* * Open and start playing a WAV file */ void playfile(char *name) {   if (wave.isplaying) {// already playing something, so stop it!     wave.stop(); // stop it   }   if (!file.open(root, name)) {     PgmPrintln("Couldn't open file ");     Serial.print(name);     return;   }   if (!wave.create(file)) {     PgmPrintln("Not a valid WAV");     return;   }   // ok time to play!   wave.play(); }

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The Rock 1000

Well the biggest rock countdown finished on friday the countdown takes 100 hours over 10 days see if you can find your favourite songs sorry Dj rock only so you wont find your songs here# Artist Song 1 Metallica One 2 AC/DC Thunderstruck 3 Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven 4 Metallica Enter Sandman 5 AC/DC Back 'n Black 6 Foo Fighters Everlong 7 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit 8 Metallica Nothing Else Matters 9 Guns 'N' Roses November Rain 10 Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name 11 Guns 'N' Roses Sweet Child 'O Mine 12 Foo Fighters All My Life 13 Shihad Home Again 14 Motorhead Ace Of Spades 15 Pearl Jam Betterman 16 Guns 'N' Roses Paradise City 17 Pearl Jam Alive 18 Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb 19 Pearl Jam Black 20 Tool Sober 21 Metallica Fade to Black 22 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 23 Kings of Leon Sex on Fire 24 Metallica The Unforgiven 25 Green Day 21 Guns 26 Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall 27 Blindspott Nil By Mouth 28 Pearl Jam Daughter 29 Tool Stinkfist 30 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 31 Metallica Master of Puppets 32 Shihad Pacifier 33 AC/DC Highway To Hell 34 Metallica Whiskey In The Jar 35 Bon Jovi Living on A Prayer 36 System of a Down Chop Suey 37 Eagles, The Hotel California 38 Live Lightning Crashes 39 Black Sabbath War Pigs 40 Smashing Pumpkins 1979 41 AC/DC Hells Bells 42 Foo Fighters Best of You 43 Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower 44 Guns 'N' Roses Welcome to the Jungle 45 AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long 46 System of a Down Aerials 47 Metallica The Unforgiven II 48 Foo Fighters Monkey Wrench 49 Foo Fighters My Hero 50 Meatloaf Bat Outta Hell 51 Rage Against The Machine Bomb Track 52 AC/DC T.N.T 53 Pearl Jam The Fixer 54 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast 55 Red Hot Chili Peppers Under The Bridge 56 Black Sabbath Paranoid 57 Green Day American Idiot 58 Guns 'N' Roses Civil War 59 Rage Against The Machine Know Your Enemy 60 Ozzy Osbourne Mama I'm Coming Home 61 Blindspott Phlex 62 Nirvana Lithium 63 Audioslave Like A Stone 64 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond 65 Sublime Santeria 66 Led Zeppelin Kashmir 67 Bush Glycerine 68 Metallica Sad But True 69 Rolling Stones Paint It Black 70 Soundgarden Blackhole Sun 71 Audioslave Cochise 72 Beatles, The Come Together 73 Smashing Pumpkins Bullet With Butterfly Wings 74 Radiohead Creep 75 Led Zeppelin Black Dog 76 Nirvana Come As You Are 77 Alice Cooper Poison 78 Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication 79 Pearl Jam Jeremy 80 Foo Fighters Learn To Fly 81 Dire Straits Money For Nothing 82 Metallica Sanitarium 83 Rise Against Hero Of War 84 Pearl Jam Black 85 Foo Fighters Let It Die 86 Iron Maiden Run To The Hills 87 Alice In Chains Would? 88 Guns 'N' Roses Patience 89 Linkin Park New Divide 90 AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap 91 Shihad Run 92 Lynard Skynard Free Bird 93 System of a Down B.Y.O.B 94 Skid Row 18 and Life 95 AC/DC Rock n Roll Train 96 Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar on Me 97 Shihad My Minds Sedate 98 Who, The Baba O' Reily 99 Faith No More Epic 100 John Lennon Imagine 101 Sublime What I've Got 102 Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love 103 Guns 'N' Roses Don't Cry 104 Linkin Park One Step Closer 105 Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears 106 Niravana About a Girl 107 Queen We Will Rock You 108 Poison Every Rose Has It's Thorn 109 Split Enz I Got You 110 Pearl Jam Elderley Woman Behind a Counter in a Samll Town 111 Aerosmith Walk This Way 112 Live I Alone 113 Who, The Won't Get Fooled Again 114 Green Day Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) 115 Th' Dudes Bliss 116 Disturbed Down With The Sickness 117 Cranberries, The Zombie 118 Iron Maiden The Trooper 119 Cult, The Fire Woman 120 Pearl Jam Release Me 121 Pink Floyd Young Lust 122 Guns 'N' Roses You Could Be Mine 123 Violent Femmes Blister In The Sun 124 Pearl Jam Even Flow 125 Def Leppard Armageddon It 126 Spiderbait Black Betty 127 Aerosmith Love in An Elevator 128 Offspring, The Self Esteem 129 Silverchair Tomorrow 130 Supergroove Sitting Inside My Head 131 Linkin Park Crawling 132 U2 With Or Without You 133 Foo Fighters The Pretender 134 Deep Purple Smoke on the Water 135 Linkin Park In The End 136 Aerosmith Dream On 137 Audioslave Original Fire 138 Bon Jovi Wanted Dead Or Alive 139 Kings Of Leon Use Somebody 140 Pink Floyd Run Like Hell 141 Queens of the Stone Age No one Knows 142 Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way 143 Opshop Maybe 144 Split Enz I See Red 145 Green Day When I Come Around 146 Metallica Hero of the Day 147 Offspring, The Come Out and Play 148 Rolling Stones Start Me Up 149 Verve, The Bittersweet Symphony 150 Iron Maiden Can I Play With Madness 151 Bob Dylan Hurricane 152 Rammstein Du Hast 153 Ben Harper Ground On Down 154 Shihad The General Electric 155 Nirvana Lake of Fire 156 Filter Hey Man Nice Shot 157 Red Hot Chili Peppers Scar Tissue 158 Eric Clapton I Shot The Sheirff 159 Feelers, The Venus 160 Queen We Are The Champions 161 Collective Soul Shine 162 Disturbed Inside the Fire 163 Bush Comedown 164 Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile 165 POD Alive 166 Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild 167 Marcy Playground Sex and Candy 168 Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town 169 U2 One Tree Hill 170 Stone Temple Pilots Plush 171 Jimi Hendrix Hey Joe 172 Stone Temple Pilots Interstate Love Song 173 Motley Crue Dr. Feelgood 174 Pearl Jam Yellow Ledbetter 175 Mick Jagger Hard Woman 176 Staind Outside 177 Talking Heads Psycho Killer 178 Shihad Everything 179 Midnight Oil Beds Are Burning 180 Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way 181 Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil 182 Linkin Park What I've Done 183 U2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 184 Shihad Comfort Me 185 Everlast/Sanata Put Your Lights On 186 Live Selling The Drama 187 Led Zeppelin Ramble On 188 Radiohead Karma Police 189 Nickelback How You Remind Me 190 Pink Floyd Learning to Fly 191 Elemeno P Verona 192 Cult, The Sweet Soul Sister 193 Metallica Until It Sleeps 194 White Stripes Seven Nation Army 195 Ozzy Osbourne Close My Eyes Forever 196 Drowning Pool Bodies 197 Dave Dobbyn Whaling 198 7 Mary 3 Cumbersome 199 Dragon April Sun In Cuba 200 Disturbed Land Of Confusion 201 Aerosmith Janies Got A Gun 202 Blur Song 2 203 Bruce Springsteen Born In The USA 204 Red Hot Chili Peppers My Friends 205 Rage Against The Machine Bulls on Parade 206 Eric Clapton Cocaine 207 Guns 'N' Roses Mr Brownstone 208 Feelers, The Pressure Man 209 Pink Floyd Hey You 210 Creed My Own Prison 211 Chris Cornell Bill Jean 212 AC/DC Are You Ready 213 Marilyn Manson The Beautiful People 214 Steve Earle Copperhead Road 215 Billy Talent Rusted From The Rain 216 Bon Jovi You Give Love A Bad Name 217 Foo Fighters Times Like These 218 Faith No More From Out Of Nowhere 219 Hello Sailor Gutter Black 220 Green Day Basket Case 221 Def Leppard Animal 222 Pearl Jam Last Kiss 223 Korn Freak On A Leash 224 Billy Idol Rebel Yell 225 Metallica The Memory Remains 226 Doors, The Riders on the Storm 227 Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away 228 Beatles, The Get Back 229 Red Hot Chili Peppers Higher Ground 230 George Thorogood One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer 231 Faith No More Evidence 232 Iron Maiden Wasted Years 233 Oasis Wonderwall 234 Clash, The London Calling 235 Smashing Pumpkins Today 236 Led Zeppelin Rock n Roll 237 System of a Down Lonely day 238 Living End White Noise 239 Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze 240 Incubus Megalomaniac 241 Collective Soul December 242 Blink 182 All The Small Things 243 Beatles Revolution 244 Airbourne Diamond in the Rough 245 Green Day Jesus of Suburbia 246 Tool Forty Six and Two 247 Jimmy Barnes Working Class Man 248 Puddle of Mudd Blurry 249 Men At Work Down Under 250 Foo Fighters End Over End 251 INXS What You Need 252 Live Lakinis Juice 253 Living Colour Cult of Personality 254 Lynard Skynard Sweet Home Alabama 255 Green Day Welcome To Paradise 256 Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train 257 Matchbox 20 3am 258 Megadeth Symphony of Destruction 259 Nirvana In Bloom 260 Elemeno P Fast Times In Tahoe 261 Metallica No Leaf Clover 262 Mutton Birds Dominion Road 263 Muse Plug In Baby 264 Motley Crue Girls Girls Girls 265 Live The Dolphins Cry 266 Pink Floyd Time 267 Pearl Jam Worldwide Suicide 268 Ozzy Osbourne Bark At The Moon 269 Doors, The The End 270 POD Boom 271 U2 Elevation 272 Rolling Stones Satisfaction 273 Pearl Jam Animal 274 Everclear Santa Monica 275 Dave Dobbyn Slice of Heaven 276 AC/DC For Those About To Rock 277 Audioslave I Am The Highway 278 Bush Everything Zen 279 Skid Row I Remember You 280 Red Hot Chili Peppers Dani California 281 Faith No More Last Cup of Sorrow 282 Aerosmith Sweet Emotion 283 Kings of Leon Fans 284 U2 Where The Streets Have No Name 285 Eskimo Joe Black Fingernails, Red Wine 286 Exponents Why Does Love Do This To Me 287 Incubus Nice To Know You 288 Guns 'N' Roses Estranged 289 Police Roxanne 290 Feelers, The Larger Than Life 291 Supergroove Can't Get Enough 292 Foo Fighters Long Road To Ruin 293 Led Zeppelin Over the Hills and Far Away 294 Marilyn Manson I Don't Like The Drugs 295 Nirvana The Man Who Sold The World 296 Pink Floyd On The Turning Away 297 Pearl Jam I Got ID 298 Papa Roach Last Resort 299 Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused 300 Grinspoon Lost Control 301 Cold Chisel Cheap Wine 302 Feelers, The The Fear 303 Pearl Jam Not For You 304 Pink Floyd Money 305 Shihad Bulletproof 306 U2 Pride 307 Guns 'N' Roses Knocking on Heavens Door 308 Puddle of Mudd She Hates Me 309 Soundgarden Blow Up The Outside World 310 Deep Purple Black Knight 311 Alice In Chains Man In The Box 312 David Bowie Space Oddity 313 Killers, The Somebody Told Me 314 Queen Another One Bites The Dust 315 Eve 6 Inside Out 316 Guns 'N' Roses Live and Let Die 317 Nickelback Something In Your Mouth 318 AC/DC It's A Long Way To The Top 319 Kings of Leon On Call 320 Lou Reed Walk on the wild side 321 Nirvana Heart Shaped Box 322 Foo Fighters Big Me 323 Icehouse Great Southern Land 324 Cult, The Edie 325 Stonesour Through Glass 326 Ozzy Osbourne I Just Want You 327 Opshop No Ordinary Thing 328 Don Henley The Boys of Summer 329 Nickelback Figured You Out 330 Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady 331 Pearl Jam State of Love and Trust 332 Verve, The The Drugs Don't Work 333 Swingers, The Counting The Beat 334 Kid Rock Bawitaba 335 Whitesnake Here I Go Again 336 Soundgarden Fell On Black Days 337 Smashing Pumpkins Disarm 338 Aerosmith What It Takes 339 U2 Angel of Harlem 340 Motley Crue Smokin In The Boys Room 341 Velvet Revolver Fall To Pieces 342 Bob Dylan Jokerman 343 Blindspott Yours Truly 344 Alice Cooper Only Woman Bleed 345 Metallica Fuel 346 Bryan Adams Summer of 69 347 Incubus Are You In 348 Cult, The Wild Flower 349 Supergroove You Gotta Know 350 Linkin Park From the inside 351 Exponents Erotic 352 AC/DC Who Made Who 353 Mutton Birds Anchor Me 354 Green Day Hitchin A Ride 355 Headless Chickens George 356 U2 All I Want Is You 357 Soundgarden Spoonman 358 Twisted Sister We're Not Gonna Take It 359 Rolling Stones Wild Horses 360 Weezer Say It Ain't So 361 Bruce Springsteen The River 362 Candlebox Far Behind 363 Dave Dobbyn Loyal 364 Green Day Know Your Enemy 365 U2 One 366 U2 Desire 367 Pluto Dance Stamina 368 Metallica The Day That Never Comes 369 George Thorogood Bad To The Bone 370 Kid Rock All Summer Long 371 Neil Young My My Hey hey 372 Nickelback Photograph 373 U2 Sunday Bloody Sunday 374 Powderfinger My Happiness 375 Supergroove Scorpio Girls 376 Collective Soul The World I Know 377 Breaking Benjamin Diary of Jane 378 AC/DC Rock n Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 379 Blink 182 Dammit 380 Led Zeppelin All Of My Love 381 Foo Fighters D.O.A. 382 Hello Sailor Blue Lady 383 Faith No More Easy 384 Meatloaf Paradise By The Dash…. 385 Linkin Park Breaking the habit 386 Def Leppard Lets Get Rocked 387 Disturbed Prayer 388 Phil Collins In The Air Tonight 389 Staind It's Been A While 390 Van Halen You Really Got Me 391 Metallica Turn The Page 392 Rolling Stones Angie 393 Soundgarden Burden in My Hand 394 Shihad Wait and See 395 Who, The Who Are You 396 Red Hot Chili Peppers Otherside 397 Doors, The Roadhouse Blues 398 U2 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 399 Faith No More Ashes To Ashes 400 3 Doors Down Kryptonite 401 Alice In Chains Rooster 402 Cold Chisel Bow River 403 Grinspoon Chemical Heart 404 Janes Addiction Been Caught Stealing 405 Nickelback Never Again 406 Clash, The Should I Stay 407 Feelers, The Anniversary 408 Zodiac Mindwarp Prime Mover 409 Led Zeppelin Houses of The Holy 410 Powderfinger On My Mind 411 U2 Even Better Than The Real Thing 412 Pearl Jam In Hiding 413 Bon Jovi Bad Medicine 414 Buckcherry Lit Up 415 Red Hot Chili Peppers Soul To Squeeze 416 Midnight Oil Power and The Passion 417 Scars On Broadway They Say 418 U2 Mysterious Ways 419 Foo Fighters Breakout 420 Gary Moore/Phil Lynott Out in the fields 421 Nirvana All Apologies 422 Sublime Wrong Way 423 Split Enz History Never Repeats 424 Shihad Alive 425 Doors, The LA Woman 426 Metallica King Nothing 427 Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same 428 Fuel Haemmorhage 429 Jeff Healy Band While My Guitar Gently Weaps 430 Kooks, The Niave 431 Cult, The Wild Hearted Son 432 Rolling Stones You Can't Always get What you want 433 Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane 434 Van Halen Jump 435 Smashing Pumpkins Tonight Tonight 436 Evanescence Bring Me To Life 437 Dragon Rain 438 Breaking Benjamin So Cold 439 Hunters and Collectors Holy Grail 440 Pearl Jam Corduroy 441 Poison Something To Believe In 442 Tom Petty Learning To Fly 443 Velvert Revolver The Last Fight 444 Kenny Wayne Sheppard Blue on Black 445 Iggy Pop Lust For Life 446 Audioslave Show Me How To Live 447 Oasis Champagne Supernova 448 Soundgarden Rusty Cage 449 Clash, The I Fought The Law 450 Shihad You Again 451 Stone Sour Bother 452 Twisted Sister I Wanna Rock 453 Days of the New Touch Peel and Stand 454 Led Zeppelin Dy'er Mak'er 455 Ozzy Ozbourne See You On The Other Side 456 Pearl Jam Nothingman 457 Who, The My Generation 458 Verve, The Lucky Man 459 Rolling Stones It's Only Rock n Roll 460 U2 The Sweetest Thing 461 Black Crowes Hard to Handle 462 Feelers, The Supersystem 463 Urge Overkill Sister Havana 464 Red Hot Chili Peppers Suck My Kiss 465 John Mellencamp Jack and Dianne 466 Sixx AM Life is Beautiful 467 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 468 Jet She's A Genius 469 Filter Take A Picture 470 Cars, The Just What I Needed 471 Counting Crowes Round Here 472 My Chemical Romance Welcome to the black parade 473 Tom Petty Free Falling 474 Stone Temple Pilots Big Empty 475 Shihad La La Land 476 Ben Harper Please Bleed 477 AC/DC Let There Be Rock 478 Beck Loser 479 Queen Fat Bottomed Girls 480 Smashing Pumpkins Zero 481 Doors, The Light My Fire 482 Radiohead High and Dry 483 Metallica Mama Said 484 Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way 485 Stone Temple Pilots Vasoline 486 U2 Vertigo 487 Incubus Drive 488 Talking Heads Road To Nowhere 489 Angels, The No Secrets 490 Goo Goo Dolls Iris 491 HLAH Hootenanny 492 Pink Floyd Mother 493 Offspring, The Why Don't You Get A Job 494 Doors, The Break On Through 495 Living End Raise The Alarm 496 David Bowie Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) 497 Metallica For Whom The Bell Tolls 498 Cold Chisel Khe Sanh 499 U2 Beautiful Day 500 Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You 501 Blind Melon No Rain 502 Black Sabbath NIB 503 Black Crows She Talks To Angels 504 A Perfect Circle Judith 505 Def Leppard Love Bites 506 Elemeno P Nirvana 507 Queen Headlong 508 Rob Thomas/Santana Smooth 509 Red Hot Chili Peppers Around the World 510 Split Enz Shark Attack 511 Soundgarden The Day I Tried To Live 512 Quiet Riot Come on Feel The Noise 513 T Rex Get It On 514 Radiohead Fake Plastic Trees 515 Puddle Of Mudd Psycho 516 Van Halen Running With The Devil 517 Offspring, The Pretty Fly 518 INXS Original Sin 519 Marilyn Manson The Dope Show 520 Skid Row Youth gone wild 521 Queen / Bowie Under Pressure 522 Datsuns, The Harmonic Generator 523 Robert Plant Heaven Knows 524 Foo Fighters Stacked Actors 525 AC/DC Ride On 526 Blink 182 What's My Age Again 527 Blue Oyster Cult Don't Fear the Reaper 528 Butthole Surfers Pepper 529 Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends 530 Eagles Life in the Fast Lane 531 Incubus I Wish You Were Here 532 Cold Chisel Flame Trees 533 Airbourne What's Eatin' You? 534 Goodshirt Sophie 535 Rolling Stones Brown Sugar 536 Green Day Boulevard of Broken Dreams 537 Tom Petty American Girl 538 Soundgarden My Wave 539 Santana Black Magic Woman 540 Silverchair Anthem For The Year 2000 541 R.E.M It's the End of the World As We Know It 542 Pearl Jam I Am Mine 543 Radiohead Just 544 Presidents of the USA Lump 545 Rob Zombie Living dead Girl 546 Simple Minds Waterfront 547 Creed With Arms Wide Open 548 Aerosmith Crazy 549 Collective Soul Where The River Flows 550 Gary Moore Still Got The Blues for you 551 Shihad Rule The World 552 R.E.M Losing My Religion 553 Push Push Trippin' 554 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 555 Soundgarden Outshined 556 Foo Fighters Baker Street 557 Billy Idol Eyes Without A Face 558 Live All Over You 559 Shihad Debs Night Out 560 Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK 561 Red Hot Chili Peppers Desecration Smile 562 Iron Maiden The Evil that Men Do 563 INXS Kick 564 Hoobastank The Reason 565 Rage Against The Machine Renegades of Funk 566 Smashing Pumpkins Cherub Rock 567 Linkin Park Shadow of the Day 568 Queensryche Silent Lucidity 569 Elemeno-P 11'57 570 Midnight Oil Forgotten Years 571 Papa Roach Forever 572 Oasis What's The Story Morning Glory 573 Casanovas California 574 Crash Test Dummies Mmm Mmm Mmm 575 Feelers, The Beautiful Feeling 576 Mutton Birds Nature 577 Nirvana Rape Me 578 Our Lady Peace Superman's Dead 579 Tom Petty Refugee 580 Stokes, The Last Nite 581 Jimmy Eat World The Middle 582 Police Message In A Bottle 583 Tonic If You Could Only See 584 T Rex 20th Century Boy 585 Offspring, The Original Prankster 586 Van Halen Hot For Teacher 587 Feelers, The Stand Up 588 Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl 589 Led Zeppelin Nobody's Fault But Mine 590 Marilyn Manson Personal Jesus 591 Th' Dudes Be Mine Tonight 592 Powderfinger My Kinda Scene 593 Tom Petty Mary Janes Last Dance 594 Fuel Bad Day 595 Dragon Are You Old Enough 596 Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out 597 Europe The Final Countdown 598 Offspring, The Gotta Get Away 599 ZZ Top Legs 600 Nirvana Where Did You Sleep Last Night 601 INXS I Need You Tonight 602 U2/Green Day The Saints Are Coming 603 Talking Heads And She Was 604 Seether Fine Again 605 Pearl Jam Brother 606 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 607 Arctic Monkeys I Bet that You'd Look Good on the Dancefloor 608 A Perfect Circle 3 Libra's 609 Aerosmith Livin On The Edge 610 Coldplay Yellow 611 Finger Eleven Paralyzer 612 Genesis Home By The Sea 613 Good Charlotte Motavation Proclamation 614 Men at Work Be Good Johnny 615 Ugly Kid Joe Everything About You 616 Killers, The When You Were Young 617 White Stripes Icky Thump 618 Golden Earing Radar Love 619 Evanescence Going Under 620 Talking Heads Burning Down The House 621 Silverchair Pure Massacre 622 Split Enz Six Months In A Leaky Boat 623 Shihad Beautiful Machine 624 Police Can't Stand Losing You 625 Powderfinger Sunsets 626 U2 Bullet The Blue Sky 627 Metallica Die Die Die My Darling 628 Led Zeppelin Misty Mountain Hop 629 Green Day Longview 630 Billy Idol Flesh For Fantasy 631 Candlebox Cover Me 632 U2 When Love Comes To Town 633 Evermore Running 634 Pink Floyd Great Gig In The Sky 635 White Stripes My Doorbell 636 R.E.M Drive 637 Mi-Sex Blue Day 638 Green Day Working Class Hero 639 Boston More Than A Feeling 640 Foo Fighters Generator 641 Pearl Jam Immortality 642 Who, The Pinball Wizard 643 Elemeno P Every Day's A Saturday 644 Choir Boys Run To Paradise 645 Daughtry It's Not Over 646 Exponents Who Loves Who The Most 647 Snow Patrol Take Back The City 648 Bruce Springsteen I'm on fire 649 Faith No More Stripsearch 650 R.E.M What's The Frequency Kenneth 651 Offspring, The I Choose 652 Reef Place Your Hands 653 Queen A Kind of Magic 654 3 Doors Down Loser 655 Alice Cooper No More Mr Nice Guy 656 Manic Street Preachers Your Love Alone 657 Police So Lonely 658 Incubus Dig 659 R.E.M Man On The Moon 660 Tenacious D Tribute 661 Third Eye Blind Semi Charmed Life 662 Van Halen Why Can't This Be Love 663 Fuel Sunburn 664 David Bowie Ziggy Stardust 665 Foo Fighters Resolve 666 Red Hot Chili Peppers Breaking The Girl 667 Semisonic Closing Time 668 Muse Hysteria 669 Dave Dobbyn Love You Like I Should 670 Green Day Warning 671 INXS Good Times 672 Lit My Own Worst Enemy 673 Robert Plant 29 Palms 674 Offspring, The Gone Away 675 New Order Blue Monday 676 AC/DC Money Made 677 Matchbox 20 How Far We've Come 678 R.E.M Pop Song 89 679 Shihad Leo Song 680 Split Enz Dirty Creature 681 Hoobastank Disappear 682 Kiss God Gave Rock n Roll To You 683 Linkin Park Numb 684 Van Halen Panama 685 HLAH Cornbag 686 Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory 687 Black Sabbath Iron man 688 Ben Harper Excuse Me Mr 689 3 Doors Down When I'm Gone 690 AC/DC Heatseeker 691 Linkin Park Bleed it Out 692 4 Non Blondes What's Up 693 Chad Kroeger Hero 694 DD Smash The Outlook For Thursday 695 Luger Boa On My Mind 696 Exponents Victoria 697 Creed What's This Life For 698 Good Charlotte Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 699 Def Leppard Rockit 700 Incubus Anna Molly 701 Led Zeppelin Good Times Bad Times 702 Living End Wake Up 703 Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer 704 Oasis Don't Look Back in Anger 705 Rolling Stones Love is strong 706 Foo Fighters The One 707 Crowded House Something So Strong 708 Placebo For What It's Worth 709 Billy Idol Sweet Sixteen 710 Audioslave Doesn't Remind Me 711 Motley Crue Home Sweet Home 712 Finger Eleven Falling On 713 Hoodoo Gurus Whats My Scene 714 Dishwalla Counting Blue Cars 715 Kings Of Leon Notion 716 Jimmy Barnes Lay Down Your Guns 717 D4 Sake Bomb 718 Dave Dobbyn Welcome Home 719 Muse Starlight 720 Bleeders She Screamed She Loved Me 721 Crowded House Better Be Home Soon 722 Disturbed Shout 723 Gary Moore Walking By Myself 724 Grinspoon No Reason 725 R.E.M Stand 726 Poison Your Mama Don't Dance 727 Seether Fake It 728 Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up 729 Midnight Youth All On Our Own 730 Icehouse We Can Get Together 731 Matchbox 20 Push 732 Motley Crue Saints Of Los Angeles 733 Kiss Crazy Crazy Nights 734 Living End Roll On 735 Neil Young Like A Hurricane 736 Foo Fighters This is a Call 737 Pearl Jam Rearviewmirror 738 Soul Asylum Misery 739 Saving Abel Addicted 740 Live Freaks 741 INXS Never Tear Us Apart 742 Linkin Park Somewhere I Belong 743 Noiseworks No Lies 744 Pluto Long White Cross 745 Default Wasting My Time 746 Deep Purple Hush 747 Creed Higher 748 Bruce Springsteen Dancing in the dark 749 Athlete Wires 750 AC/DC Whole Lotta Rosie 751 3 Doors Down Here Without You 752 Hunters and Collectors Throw Your Arms Around Me 753 Korn Word Up 754 Pink Floyd Lost for Words 755 Puddle of Mudd Control 756 Primal Scream Rocks 757 Shihad One Will Hear 758 Red Hot Chili Peppers Behind The Sun 759 Powderfinger Lost and Running 760 Church, The Under The Milky Way 761 Oasis Live Forever 762 Guns 'N' Roses Nighttrain 763 Pantera Cemetery Gates 764 Audioslave Be Yourself 765 Deep Purple My Woman From Tokyo 766 Midnight Youth The Letter 767 Monster Magnet Space Lord 768 AC/DC High Voltage 769 Fur Patrol Lydia 770 Jimmy Barnes Sweat it Out 771 Matchbox 20 Disease 772 Fratellies, The Flathead 773 R.E.M Everybody Hurts 774 Everlast Black Jesus 775 Cake The Distance 776 Counting Crowes Rain King 777 Checks, The You And Me 778 David Bowie Changes 779 Guns 'N' Roses Chinese Democracy 780 Exponents I'll Say Goodbye 781 Hole Celebrity Skin 782 Lenny Kravitz American Woman 783 Live Shittown 784 Goo Goo Dolls Name 785 HLAH Comfortably Shagged 786 Spin Doctors Two Princes 787 Muse Knights of Cydonia 788 Billy Idol Cradle of Love 789 Daughtry What I Want 790 INXS Devil Inside 791 Motley Crue Same ol' Situation 792 Nickelback Rockstar 793 Silverchair Greatest View 794 Melissa Etheridge Bring Me Some Water 795 Tool Schism 796 John Mellencamp Paper and Fire 797 Incubus Warning 798 Lenny Kravitz Fly Away 799 Janes Addiction Mountain Song 800 Everclear Heartspark Dollarsign 801 Billy Idol White Wedding 802 Buckcherry Too Drunk 803 Creed My Sacrifice 804 Deep Purple Highway Star 805 Oasis Cigarettes and Alcohol 806 Pink Floyd Have A Cigar 807 Metallica I Disappear 808 Goo Goo Dolls Here Is Gone 809 Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song 810 Opshop Secrets 811 Black Crowes Remedy 812 Iron Maiden Hallowed Be Thy Name 813 Ben Harper Steal My Kisses 814 Cold Chisel You Got Nothing I Want 815 Marilyn Manson Sweet Dreams 816 Midnight Oil King of The Mountain 817 Alice In Chains Heaven Beside You 818 Jimmy Barnes Driving Wheels 819 Rise Against Re-Educate 820 Crowded House Don't Dream It's Over 821 Bloodhound Gang Fire Water Burn 822 Airbourne Running Wild 823 Aerosmith I Don't Want To Miss A Thing 824 Tool The Pot 825 3 Doors Down Behind those Eyes 826 AC/DC The Jack 827 Blue October Hate me 828 Bon Jovi Keep The Faith 829 Live Rattlesnake 830 Eagle Eye Cherry Save tonight 831 Collective Soul Smashing Young Man 832 Aerosmith Dude Looks Like A Lady 833 Foo Fighters Low 834 AC/DC Moneytalks 835 Def Leppard Hysteria 836 Candlebox 10,000 Horses 837 Alice Cooper Schools Out 838 Blacktide Shockwave 839 Bush The Chemicals Between Us 840 David Bowie China Girl 841 Kings of Leon Crawl 842 Pink Floyd Keep Talking 843 Silverchair Ana's Song (Open Fire) 844 Pearl Jam Nothing As It Seems 845 R.E.M The One I Love 846 Raconteurs Steady As She Goes 847 Red Hot Chili Peppers Tell Me Baby 848 Harvey Danger Flagpole Sitta 849 INXS New Sensation 850 Nickelback Too Bad 851 Cure, The Friday I'm in love 852 Velvet Revolver Get Out The Door 853 Ben Harper Diamonds On The Inside 854 Rob Zombie Dragula 855 Semisonic Singing To Me In My Sleep 856 Tadpole Blind 857 Red Hot Chili Peppers Knock Me Down 858 Silverchair Straight Lines 859 Queen Tie Your Mother Down 860 OK Go Here it Goes Again 861 Soul Asylum Runaway Train 862 Th' Dudes Walking In Light 863 Seether/ Amy Lee Broken 864 Whitesnake In the Still Of The Night 865 Grinspoon Better Off Alone 866 Dire Straits Sultans of Swing 867 Jet Cold Hard Bitch 868 Feelers, The One World 869 System of a Down Spiders 870 Simple Minds Sanctify Yourself 871 Soundgarden Pretty Noose 872 Nickelback Saving Me 873 R.E.M Orange Crush 874 Snow Patrol Run 875 Poison Nothing But A Good Time 876 Kaiser Chiefs Ruby 877 Guns 'N' Roses Rocket Queen 878 Shinedown Second Chance 879 Billy Idol Shock To The System 880 Johnny Cash Hurt 881 Atlas Crawl 882 Australian Crawl Downheatred 883 Blindspott Room To Breathe 884 Bon Jovi It's My Life 885 Hinder Lips of an angel 886 Tom Petty Into the Great Wide Open 887 Oasis Roll with it 888 Counting Crows Mr Jones 889 AC/DC Sink The Pink 890 Coldplay Clocks 891 Split Enz My Mistake 892 Steriogram White Trash 893 Green Day Holiday 894 Bruce Springsteen Radio Nowhere 895 Cage The Elephant Ain't No Rest For The Wicked 896 Extreme More Than Words 897 Seether Remedy 898 Simple Minds Promised You A Miracle 899 Feelers, The Astronaut 900 Mutton Birds Giant Friend 901 Living End Second Solution 902 Lenny Kravitz Believe 903 Hunters and Collectors Do You See What I See 904 Motley Crue Kickstart My Heart 905 Live Heaven 906 Icehouse I Can't Help Myself 907 Nirvana You Know You're Right 908 Spacehog In The Meantime 909 Seether Driven Under 910 Robbie robertson Somewhere Down the Crazy River 911 AC/DC Anything Goes 912 J Geils Centrefold 913 Stellar All It Takes 914 Angles, The We Gotta Get Out Of This Place 915 Killers, The Read My Mind 916 U2 New Years Day 917 Supergrass Sun Hits The Sky 918 Ozzy Osbourne Perry Mason 919 Goo Goo Dolls Slide 920 Guns 'N' Roses Yesterdays 921 Opshop One Day 922 Cult, The She Sells Sanctuary 923 Seether The Gift 924 Clash, The Rock The Casbah 925 Feelers, The Communicate 926 Cult, The Love Removal Machine 927 Killers, The Mr Brightside 928 Poison Unskinny Bop 929 Muse Uprising 930 Australian Crawl Reckless 931 Alien Ant Farm Glow 932 Danzig Mother 933 3 Doors Down It's not My Time 934 Bloodhound Gang The Badtouch 935 Matchbox 20 Long Day 936 Mockers, The Forever Tuesday Morning 937 POD Youth of Nation 938 INXS Mystify 939 Nickelback Some Day 940 ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin 941 Lifehouse Hanging By A Moment 942 Aerosmith The Otherside 943 Kings Of Leon Revelry 944 Tom Petty Running Down A Dream 945 Datsuns, The Stuck Here For Days 946 Tom Cochrane Life Is A Highway 947 Steriophonics Dakota 948 Angles, The The Dogs Are Talking 949 Keane Somewhere Only We Know 950 Stellar Violent 951 Bon Jovi Have A Nice Day 952 Lost Prophets Rooftops 953 Men at Work Overkill 954 Red Hot Chili Peppers Love Rollercoaster 955 Darkness, The I Believe In A Thing Called Love 956 Barenaked Ladies One Week 957 Mile High Now 958 Airbourne Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast 959 Crowded House Locked Out 960 Dandy Warhols We Used To Be Friends 961 Tom Petty Don't Come Around Here No More 962 Feelers, The Fishing For Lisa 963 Feelers, The As Good As It Gets 964 David Bowie Lets Dance 965 Exies, The Ugly 966 Garbage Only Happy When It Rains 967 Chills, The I Love My Leather Jacket 968 Train Drops of Jupiter 969 Pearl Jam Dissident 970 Steriogram Walkie Talkie Man 971 Verve, The Sonnet 972 Phantom, Rocker and Slick Men Without Shame 973 Weezer Buddy Holly 974 Cars, The Drive 975 Weta Calling On 976 Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker 977 Thirsty Merc In The Summertime 978 Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like We Do 979 Calling, The Wherever You Will Go 980 Talking Heads Once in a Lifetime 981 Weezer Hash Pipe 982 Doors, The Touch Me 983 Killers, The Bones 984 Refreshments, The Banditos 985 Panic Channel, The Teahouse of the Spirits 986 Guns 'N' Roses Better 987 Red Hot Chili Peppers Can't Stop 988 Zed Renegade Fighter 989 Live Turn My Head 990 Wallflowers One Headlight 991 Offspring, The Hammerhead 992 Weta Let It Go 993 U2 Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own 994 White Stripes Blue Orchid 995 Travis Why Does It Always Rain On Me 996 Velvet Revolver Slither 997 Hootie and the Blow Fish Let Her Cry 998 Phantom Planet California 999 Pearl Jam Given To Fly 1000 Joan Jett I Love Rock n Roll

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Is my book good ?

Well i hate to bother anyone but can you please take some time to read this book i worked hard on ? i spent  countless hours of my free time over the weekend developing the plot and creatures so can you please take some time out to read the whole thing tell me what it needs or what would be good i already am 16 pages into the sequel so tell me if this is good so i can post the sequel ! enjoy Times come by Alby Chapter 1- beginning It was the night I would never forget,the night.......i....the......the last night I would enjoy life. It was spring of 2017 the night air was heavy in my lungs and you could faintly smell the BBQ and charcoal smoke from cookouts that died down hours ago I could here people talking and having a good time but I think my drink I grabbed the wrong beer it was Sarah's it was spiked I never would have noticed who did it at least it wasn't her to drink it. I simply enjoyed the sky line of Chicago filled with sky scrapers and mirror like office buildings it all seemed like a Bokeh picture to me the drug is taking affect on my body I feel dizzy . I hopped on the train, it was empty as for the weather gave a good reason to walk but I needed to get home safely. In about 30 minutes I was home. I clumsily walked up the stairs and almost fell it took about ten minutes before I opened the door, I then plopped down on my bed and ran to the bathroom and regurgitated everything I ate that night. i starred at the ceiling. I saw every detail to the nearest centimeter and then blurry the specks the marks swirled in my vision and I felt weightless for a while. I starred at the clock and noticed it was about 4:00 am and cursed myself for going to that bar with Sarah I threw up all over my bed. I tried to grab the phone to call the paramedics but I fell and hit my head on my night stand. I passed out from the concussion i fell into a deep sleep a very deep sleep. Chapter 2 Change I wiped the crust out of my eyes and felt my head a sharp pain rippled thru my scalp it was a Gash about two inches in length. i walked into the bathroom I pulled the faucet but all that came out was a wisp of air. I snatched a baby wipe and cleaned off my face I cleaned my wound with alcohol the sting ive gotten used to I used to get hurt pretty bad in the army, I got shrapnel in my knee and they sent me home the first year. I noticed a dead silence on the street I thought they probably closed it off for some type of repair. I put on my white tee shirt and noticed its softness and how it fit snug on my semi-muscular figure I was in good shape for a twenty-four year old, my mom would always tell me most of the people in America are fat but I guess she loves to tell stereotypes for what they are. I put on my jeans and not forgetting the belt this time either. I snatched my keys off the kitchen counter and headed for the door. I walked outside and paused too look at the empty streets filled with litter and carnage . My mouth wide open in amazement I asked myself what happened and pondered the different reasons riot,panic,fire what could cause such a mess, I walked towards a police squad car and smelled something rancid I slowly proceeded, I instantly veered back in panic I could not believe what I saw a dead police officer lying face down with half a chunk blown clean off his head. There were pieces of it every where splattered on the windshield and door of the police car and some on the concrete. I instinctively inched towards him and thought to myself that something bad is happening and I need protection. I unhooked his holster off his waist and placed it on mine I pulled off his Kevlar vest and put it on weirdly enough it barely was messy or smelled bad. I checked the pockets of the vest and took out a pair of keys I knew it belonged to his squad car. I first popped open the trunk and saw it glistening in the sun a Ar-15 assault rifle. I picked it up and the memories of my army training it just instantly popped into my mind. I guess it applied the same here, I slung it around my back and walked into the silence. I took out the pistol put in the clip pulled the slide back and switched the safety off and cautiously held it. I believe the gun made me more nervous than whats in the shadows, I walked down the narrow street and saw it the skyline of the city filled with smoke and fire. I stood in anger and confusion my home town ravaged broken and charred blood stained the streets and walls, but why.....why....how could this... I mean what could....d..do such a thing. I walked away in the opposite direction and then cut into an alley way to piss and paused as I heard a roar I looked up and saw a quick glance of the belly of a apache attack craft it quickly zoom by and then another. I looked away and ran out of the alley and then down the street to see what direction they were heading. They sped towards the lake area and then I saw a tiny black object fall horizontally from the choppers belly and it slowly fell, then a explosion. I could feel the vibrations. the explosion ripped the lake area into nothing....nothing..but....but...smoke. My heart skipped a few beats thinking what if the next one falls in this area I quickly broke my daydream and bolted as fast as I could as far as I could until I saw a woman crawling on the concrete she was Moaning and holding her stomach. I came up behind her and asked for help. She turned on her back “ Sarah? Ohh my god sarah are you okay ?” and she held a gun in her hand a Glock 22 model the slide locked all the way back and no clip in the gun. I kicked it out of her and and sprung on her she begged for mercy “albert you have to stay away from me im turning” she saw that I was armed and quickly told me the gun was unloaded and that she was sorry she told me she would do anything just get away from her . I told her “Im not here to hurt anyone I just want to help” I starred at her beautiful figure her perfect face and thin hourglass body but ragged cloths and red eyes from crying. How and what did she go thru that could turn her into such a wreck. She got up and put her arm around my shoulder kissed me on the cheek and passed out. I dragged her to an fenced off alley where there was a mattress I put her down and sat next to her .she hugged me and began to cry she than jumped on top of me “Sarah what are you doing no we cant do this now no!” I told her I will help her but I dont think she understood a word I said. She looked at me in my eyes I could feel her touch my soul, her blue eyes glared in the sun. “i dont want to die alone please” I stood up nervously, I was concerned for her health when suddenly I heard a bang then felt a sharp pain in my leg. I collapsed in agony and saw the cause of my pain a bean bag round I looked up and saw a gas mask wearing figure he shot me with another bean bag round in the knee, from his shot gun he then walked over my numb body and. picked up both bean bag's and threw it aside two people in hazmat gear grabbed Sarah and took off her clothing I screamed “what are you doing to her!!!” they did not acknowledge me they looked at her body like they where searching for something. Her passed out figure limp as a rag doll they removed her pants then her underwear I screamed “No!! you son of a bitch don't do it ill kill you” they studied a bite mark on her upper thigh they made some type of hand signal and left. the soldiers then they came and started pouring gasoline on the mattress and her body. the one with the kriss super V took his cigarette out of his mouth and then flicked it at her it rolled of of her shapely belly and hit the mattress her body bursted into flames and she spasmed and kicked wildly. Then the man pointed it me and said in a British accent “ knock that fuckin Yankee an put em in da ACP double time, thoes hungry bastards are comin” Chapter 3 world gone mad I awoke on a bed in clean clothes and a hair cut. I stood up and walked into the hallway and noticed that this was a hospital. Suddenly a hand grabbed me. “aey where do you think your going ya damn runner rapist” I starred at him & his arrogant look and heavily customized ACR bushmaster. “get the fuck away from me im leaving what ever the hell this place is” he then sprung up and pushed the barrel of his ACR into my neck. “look if you want to get devoured by those runners be my guest buddy but dont go exposing this place to the infection” I looked at him like he was retarded “infection what infection and why the hell is the army bombing populated areas” he looked at me the same way. “ where were you 2 days ago ? There was a virus it was originally H1N1 but it evolved up to 10 times now its got Chicago by the balls and its spreading across the world as we speak turning everyone into animals devouring and ripping people to shreds and then the virus takes over the dead body and brings it back as a runner also know as a fresh undead body that has the ability to run or sometimes sprint god forbid but after 2-4 weeks without food the tissue breaks down from constant use without fuel and they start to get slow and shuffle around” my mind felt overwhelmed I wondered how my parents were doing in Dallas. “so what am I supped to do here but be a waste of space” he grinned. “well you obviously know how to use a weapon and our records say you have been in the military. you cant take care of yourself out there so we will make you part of out kill squad. “kill squad ?” “ohh shit you mean you have never killed or seen any infected yet ? that means your fresh you can be put to good use in our kill team” he told me his name was henry the specialist of his team kill team Charlie-mike. He directed me to the staff sergeant who looked at me and said “well well well we got some fresh meat hope you ready for 3 months of hard core trainin cuz this wont be easy now get yo ass in the garage and clean every APC tire the armory I think the kill teams ran over a little too much runners” 3 Months later........ the training was more rigorous than the basic military stuff a the armory where there was at least a 100 others conversing and grabbing into boxes of gear. Henry took me to the gunny of the armory where he helped me choose my gear. I picked up dragon skin Kevlar with implanted ceramic & alloy inserts. I took some gloves which I cut the fingers of. My boots where the basic digital camo color probably a left over from the war in Iraq which ended several years ago when our president simply drew the troops out. And European troops and some Russians finished off the big time terrorists soon after we heard no more from any our genocidal efforts finally payed off. I went to the weapon stand where I had to fill out a ID sheet to make sure they knew I had training with combat rifles. I chose the ACR which was in stock by the thousands as a gift from the weapon companies to the American army. I pulled all the safety clips and then grabbed a eotech scope out of a box and locked it onto the rail system of the weapon. I attached a mag pull the every one of my carbon strength reinforced clips. The gunny looked at me with a grin and we left for briefing. Chapter 4 things get messy we met up in the garage of the hospital every runner hunter of this kill force a total of 300 men and women in the huge elevated parking complex of the hospital, a general arrived in the elevator his chrome glasses shined in the evening light so did the many badges pinned on his suit which fit his old figure rather awkwardly. he had two formally dressed men with him they both had desert eagles on there side holsters but the general had a FN 2000 slung around his back. it was worn and scratched its polymer body was embedded with and insignia that I did not see so well as it was obscured by the scuffs and grime he looked at us and smiled his mouth opened and he flung his cigar off the ledge of the building he then begun and explained in a dominant voice. “there are 40 spec op Humvee's set up in formation ready to patrol the streets of Chicago you all will be in sector 6 the most dangerous sector of Chicago but no need to worry we have full fledged firepower of 4 APC's which will Carrie your kill team to your objectives take as much time as needed the runners arent going any where. you will clear the sears tower area a hot spot for runners. look all you men and woman, its time to revolt and fight back. its time to say we will not be scared, we will not be intimidated, we will win back our freedom!!” the whole complex light up with cheer. As the two men in formal wear took out PDA's and started directing people to there kill teams the first man shouted “ Chavez,Williams,buck, and,Samson go to APC #1” I quickly advanced thru the crowd to APC 1 I slowed my pace and saw its matte paint job of digital camo and its pop up dillan machine gun turret mounted on top. I pounded on its steel behind and its back door unlatched I stood waiting for the rest of my team I saw all three walking in a line towards the door I saw him ,the man with the kriss super V he smiled at me and said “no fuckin way you tha yankee we picked up in tha alley way you mad cus we killed your little runner girlfriend” I sprung towards him and grabbed his collar and punched him in the stomach then elbowed him in the mouth all the color drained out of his face. “ if you wouldn't of shot me with a fucking bean bag I would of blown your brains out back at the alley” he looked at me and with blood dripping down his mouth “i was just doing my job. welcome to foxtrot 3 by my names john samson you can just call me hunter” I let him go and he limped into the APC then another walked towards me he wore a Grey baklava and tight fitting clothing and a vest that barely covered his chest which awkwardly bulged out he walked towards me and took off the mask. She looked at m surprised face and said “what ? a woman cant be in the military” “well I..I...I just did not expect to have such a high rank personnel on our team” she looked at me and frowend “were both specialists grade one my names Kelly williams” “a heavily armored male in a hijab walked towards me playfully he came up to me and pulled off his hijab he was a African American . “hey specialist now look Im basically here to keep the moral you catch me ? I was in the navy im Ricky buckman Just call me squid now what do you want to go by kid?” I smiled “echo” “nice choice” Albert “echo” chavez I thought in my head I figured that sounds good. We all jumped in the APC while a kill team of rangers in a heavy Humvee with a mounted sentry gun rolled behind us as the whole convoy of kill force 6 prepared for battle. I thought about all my training aim for the head,short controlled bursts a shot anywhere else just stunned them. They move fast so they have to be neutralized if you get bitten or infected kill yourself with the poison capsule that was given or a team mate would do it. I grabbed a Kukri blade off the weapon rack that was provided in the APC I looked at its razor sharp edge its brushed steel surface reflected no light I sheathed it and strapped it to my leg. I caught the eye of Kelly who was fiddling around with the UAV control panel she looked at me and smiled. The APC's lights blinked red prompting us that we are in a hot zone. The APC vibrated as the co pilot took out a pack of runners with the Dillon remote controlled mini gun. We all loaded our weapons and packed up some ammo. Hunter and squid looked at each other and they bumped fists. I put a clip in my ACR and cocked it I turned on the eotech scope and strapped on my helmet and then slid on a black baklava. The APC driver prompted a alarm which was the signal that the door was opening, the big metal door slowly lowered its platform to the ground and we all got out Kelly was the last one out she grabbed that control panel and slid it into her bag she ran out and flipped the close button on the APC. We met up with the four other teams in our sector who already exited there Humvee's. A black Humvee that I never knew was in the convoy rode up and a military adviser jumped out and barked orders like some scared little dog and then jumped back in glad that he wasn't us. He positioned eight snipers on the roof who where each divided into teams of four they zip lined up the roofs and soon each team where picked up by two little bird helicopters the rest of us where on the ground either Humvee calvary hit teams or long range grenade support foxtrot was positioned on the magnificent mile at least it was magnificent. We cautiously walked down the street with another team of 6 watching our back and little birds with snipers covering us and telling us where the nearest pack is. It was empty until we got a report a pack of twenty runners where heading straight for us about 3 blocks away we had about a minute to prepare, snipers took out some and only six broke there steady aim and where 5 feet away, I drew my weapon and just before I could fire a Humvee rammed half the pack of runners over my team shot at there heads to finish them off . I stunted back and fell startled by a runner with broken legs dragging its smelly corpse towards me, my team did not even notice as they where pre occupied with finishing off the pack it grabbed my boot and pulled itself onto my chest I pushed it back and hunter tackled it and shot it once it grazed its ear he then rad up to it and curb stomped its head in over and over, like an egg it crunched under his boot he then walked towards me and picked me up and then our comm's screeched with a danger code: sector red REPEAT SECTOR RED!! this is not a drill!! squid looked at Kelly “OH shit radio the APC radio the APC!!” Kelly hastily radioed the APC and it arrived around the corner ASAP she got in and took the panel out of her backpack all the rangers got back in there Humvee's and formed up a line of vehicle's and the APC was in front we all jumped in and squid popped open 3 of the four combat hatches. We took stance and poked our body's out of the hatches while Kelly was typing away at the panel. “Kelly get us that predator drone NOW!!” “on it Echo..about.....NOW!! get ready for some boom boom boys” she said over the comm a predator drone deployed from a building somewhere and roared across the city's night sky. The little birds shot flares into out immediate area and the military advisor said nervously over the comm “formation green zone ASAP make space for one more hummer!!” his hummer screeched into our circle formation at the middle of the block intersection. We all could hear the uproar and the screaming rage of the Runners it was 9:00 PM and my stomach dropped as runners came at us from every angle swarming in between all the vehicles as we took out as much as we can the advisor yelled. “Break formation head for lane 3 of sector 5 Kelly yelled “but thats a dead end we have no where to go !!” “exactly now MOVE !!” we hastily rammed out way thru the crowd of runners it was easily about 200 to 300 runners we reached the street which was a dead end it was blocked by a collapsed building from all the beach bombing runs. We waited for 5 minutes until we saw it our doom three times as much runners appeared and headed for the convoy. The driver looked bewildered “Get ready im breaking position” he advanced the APC towards the crowd its massive tires gripping the rubble and concrete so agile and quick. He opened fire the Dillon mini gun until there was not one round left. the APC swiveled madly like a dog chasing its tail, all the blood and body matter stuck to the tire made it impossible to control. The whole interior rocked forward on impact with the flipped car. suddenly a screech and the APC flipped over on its side. the runners ignored the APC and went for the group of Humvee's ripping the rangers out that had not locked there Humvee door and devouring them. We herd the screams despite layer after layer of Kevlar and Armour of the APC. My radio started to squawk. “ Pindad Panser down repeat,flipped on its side calling in little bird for support !! bring in UH-60 shadow for medivac ASAP!” I groaned in pain the impact was hard,i could taste blood in my mouth my world was spinning. my team mates did not move they where all laying face down. I soon passed out Chapter 5 delta crimson “Delta crimson GO GO GO !!” I awoke in a sweat, I felt normal again I wiped my blood crusted face off. I leaned up and saw them. “Squid Kelly Hunter Your all alive !” hunter smiled “the crowds not givin up. Hurry mate we got to get outta this APC or crimson is just gonna have to save us” Crimson was an elite rescue squad of some of the best rescue force members in the military marines,rangers,green berets, you name em they can save you. Suddenly we heard the roar of helicopters. Then the door of the APC light up and blew of its hinges a soldier in a crimson baklava shined a light me and my team he latched two metal hooks onto our APC and then the helicopter lifted us into the air, this vehicle the best attack helicopter crafted by the engineer crew over at Hudson base they called it the Shadow because thats all it was, a quick killer in the night. A man made machine manufactured to kill and thats what it was best at. I broke for the chopper and jumped in then squid then Kelly it started to take off right before it left ground hunter grabbed the bay door and climbed in. “forgetting something ?” He threw me my ACR bushmaster which started to look like the generals FN 2000 it was scuffed and marked in every crack and crease. A crimson medivac specialist handed us some refreshments and snacks he said he picked it up at his last raid. He gave me some meds, adrenalin shots use them as a last resort of energy he said. I looked at squid who was holding his dog tag “ man echo you see how that APC flipped on us I almost crapped my pant's” I laughed at the joke even if its not funny my team needs the moral. I looked it the pilot he caught my stare. “where going to the main objective” I sighed and looked away hunter looked at me and made some type of hand signal. “hey Kelly you think we could of died back there” “easily hunter luckily the runners did not find our APC interesting” I looked over at Kelly who was looking at the cracked screen of the control panel. “hey Kelly what all did you use that panel for” “i saved the whole platoon with this thing while you where taking a nap, now its gone and base is a long fly away. The screen broke when the APC flipped. And the predator drone crashed without me controlling it” “damn, nothing good ever lasts long does it” “well echo thats not true your still alive aren't you ?” I we both smiled and when the happiness broke it was back to work. chapter 6 Raid The shadow landed on the roof of a building about 3 blocks away from objective R.R.T.R (runner ruled territory raid) our forces had to kill all runners and take back the sears tower. Kelly was stationed on the roof with hundreds of other snipers .with her barret M82 which ripped into 2 to 3 runners at a time with its large caliber amour piercing rounds. Military advisors sent Ground troops they marched the streets for the main attack on the R.R.T (runner ruled territory). Soldiers of all pact creed and faction marched side by side. the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) the IRA (Irish Republican Army) even the CIA and DEA forces were marching along with whole police precincts including the bulk of the U.S military. This battle was inevitable and we are going to win.

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