Any ideas on how to build a floating vegetable garden for the cottage?

I'd really like to grow veggies at the cottage, but our wee little island is covered with trees and hence, too shady. I don't want to clear any trees so I was thinking a floating vegetable garden would be great! Here are some of my ideas: -some sort of floating dock-like structure holding/attached to garden beds -some kind of earth-box style planters -some sort of string/osmosis type system that could suck water out of the lake to keep the soil moist (okay, I know this is really pushing it. Maybe a pump would be more realistic). -NOT hydroponics: I'd like to grow veggies in regular soil, just out floating on the water instead of on the land! Some inspiration: http://www.homebysunset.com/home_by_sunset/2007/09/gardening-on-to.html Like the pic in the link above, but something a wee bit tidier and smaller? Any ideas how to do this on the cheap? All notions welcome! Sarah

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Any good floatation buoyancy ideas for a shantyboat/boat (or dock)?

I have a few designs for recycled material and/or ultra-small shantyboats in my new book, as well as a few on the drawing board- as I plan to make a small shantyboat this summer....but flotation-wise, using recycled materials- any ideas (I've included a few in my designs already- 55 gallon plastic drums, 5 gallon buckets with silicone sealed lids, long runs of recycled pvc (with both ends sealed), screened in blocks of capped soda bottles, etc).... I'm sure there are a ton of different ideas and methods out there.... -Deek http://www.relaxshacks.com My BOOK is NOW OUT "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here!)"

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any ideas or plans for a mac desk?

With a couple of drawers and integrated iphone dock and usb hub. not some cheapo desk but a decent goodlooking desk? thx wes

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looking for plans or ideas for a mac desk ?

With a couple of drawers and integrated iphone dock and usb hub. not some cheapo desk but a decent goodlooking desk? thx wes

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AT-AT boombox and iPod player

In the past couple days not one, but two AT-AT music players have popped up. One in black and one in lovely spraycan gold. While each one is worth checking out, I just have to wonder if the second one, the gold one, was really put together over the weekend as a response. AT-AT boombox Golden AT-AT iPod dock

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I need help for a coffee table with built-in bluetooth speaker and wireless charging capabilities

Hey people, Hakan here! I'm planning to start a diy coffee table with built-in bluetooth speaker and wireless charging dock. I ll start with electronics and I want to have high quality high volume sound because I ll be using the table also a home theater system. Unfortunately I know nothing about elecronics, can anyone help?

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Giant Spider WALKS in Liverpool - update

In May 2006 something incredible happened in London. For four days the city stopped in its tracks and marvelled at the sight of a gigantic wooden elephant, and a little-girl giant in a green dress. Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the streets, astonished at the scale and beauty of the spectacular Sultan's Elephant.Now Artichoke, the company that brought that event to London, is working with the engineering genius behind Royal de Luxe's giants, François Delarozière, and his company La Machine, to create a magical and astonishing new show especially for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool08Something unforgettable is happening in Liverpool as a highlight of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations. Vast in scale and spectacular in execution, this breathtaking new commission from La Machine will spin a tale so magical that an entire city will fall under its spell. Just as The Sultan’s Elephant stopped London in its tracks in 2006, so this three-day adventure will unfold against the landmarks of a great city, stopping the traffic and captivating everyone who sees it. Prepare to be amazed by a show that will make you believe in the impossible.A gigantic mechanical spider has appeared in Liverpool, clinging to the side of a derelict building next to Lime Street station. A group of scientific researchers have arrived and are investigating… What will the next chapter of the story bring?La MachineUPDATEThousands of people braved the rain to watch a 50ft (15m) high mechanical spider come to life in Liverpool.About 5,000 people watched La Princesse come out of "hibernation" outside the city's arena at King's Dock on Friday.An estimated 20,000 more were in the city on Friday evening to see her crawl down The Strand before heading for a resting place at the Cunard building.The £1.5m street theatre production, operated by French company La Machine, is a Capital of Culture event.La Princesse was unveiled to the public on Wednesday morning, hanging from a redundant office block next to Lime Street railway station.She was woken in a hail of fireworks and smoke at 1130 BST on Friday, before striding up and down in front of the arena in front of the cheering crowd. Story and videoThe spider is moved to the performance area (watch the lorry sequence - you can see that each leg has a separate set of controls)The full ballet:

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your opinion on the movie district 9 (warning spoiler only read if you want to know the ending) ?

OK i just went and heard the whole plot of Neill Blomkamp masterpiece the Monalisa of movies D9. he was supposed to make the halo movie but Microsoft was complaining its multimillion dollar A$$ off so Neill felling sad thought up remixing his movie Alive in norunburg i think its called. so here this movie is a unsuspecting antagonist "Wikus van Der Merwe" is doing a documentary on MNU moving the Aliens to district 10 but he then goes into a shack and is screwing around with items of none of his concern and sprays a crap-storm virus in his eye that mutates his arm to a alien arm and changes his DNA so he can operate alien machinery MNU being the bastards they are jacks him up and takes him to there base for dissection he then daringly grabs a scalpel and holds a doctor hostage leading up to that he escapes to district 9 where he meets Christopher who at first is reluctant to kick Wikus's A$$ they soon befriend each other they then steal some alien weaponry and launch a counter attack on the MNU mercs were he retrieves a fuel cell to power a ship were Chris finds out that MNU have been experimenting on his people later on Wikus finds out that it would take up to 3 years to turn him back to a human,then a Emnite shamalan twist pops up Chris wants to go home for help before coming back to cure Wikus he then gets angry and kicks poor Chris's A$$ and powers up a ship were his engine is shot up and he crashes he than crawls out. soon cute Christopher's son Little CJ gains control of a mechanized battle suit from inside the crashed shuttle and helps free Wikus, Wikus then enters the alien walker battle suit and defends Christopher as the mother ship uses a tractor beam to lift the shuttle on board.he shuttle docks with the mother ship, Wikus is shot in the back and the walker suit ejects him after taking critical damage. Wikus drags himself away from the leader of the mercenaries, but is unavoidably caught. Just before the trigger is pulled, four aliens burst out of the surrounding slums and rips apart Wikus's attackers.The film concludes with another series of interviews and news broadcasts, showing the humans view on the events that unfolded. An interview with Wikus' wife reveals a small metal rose was left on her doorstep (one of Wikus' trademarks, he strongly believed a gift is worth more if it was made personally). She concludes it couldn't possibly be Wikus, no one has heard from him since he was last seen crawling from the mangled battle suit. An alien is then seen standing in a junk yard inside District 9 fashioning a small metal rose out of scrap metal, implying that Wikus is alive, his transformation from human to alien is complete, and is still awaiting Christopher's promised return. just tell me what you think about the ending

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