How to open a can without an opener!

Imagine the cliche

Disaster strikes, people are starving but you have prepared. You have a room filled of canned food but your tin openers break.

Being prepared for life’s curve balls is way more compolicated than a cupboard of canned food but there could be a time in your life when you are hungry and have a can you want to open. All you need now to get your food from the can is a slab of concrete. Watch the video below its quite ingenious.

This video is from the self proclaimed “Crazy Russian Hacker”. On the same channel I also found another video which was truly amazing. Eight guys that made 16 coke bottle rockets and threw them in the air causing 10 seconds of rocket fueled mayhem. This was filmed with very, very high speed cameras in high definition. What was produced was a remarkable, beautiful, slow motion video that looks amazing on my home theater.

So what was I doing on youtube anyway?

Well I was investigating a news story about a guy who created an invention to assist with childbirth based on a youtube video. After watching it I then linked found the other videos above. The man invented the item in the picture below

Man removes baby with a bagThe video that inspired him is below

Fashion Modelling

New career as a fashion model?

I have just conducted my first modelling assignment wearing socks made out of bamboo!

Wake up transparent Small(2)The photo-shoot was undertaken few weeks ago on location at the Aylston Estate. My feet are the ones with the fluorescent yellow green socks.  I now have 2 pairs to trial. I’ll update you on how I get on.

UPDATE

I have now had the socks for about 12 months I wear them with my Blundstones whilst working at the estate. I’m actually a big fan. They wick away moisture really well and are lasting pretty well when I am digging holes and putting in plants.

My Top 10 Books 2013

People that don’t read books are missing out.

I love books I also love consuming information through media such as podcasts. However books provide a method of learning complex topics in a way you cannot learn from other media. I wrote an article on the effect of media and critical though on the usethetrivium website.
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Podcasts on android are not as good as IOS

I love podcasts.

I listen to around two hours of podcasts every day. Recently I bought an android phone. I have now swapped the SIM back and am using my iphone 3gs so I can listen to podcasts again.

There are many podcasting apps you can get for android but my experience with ( I tried them all) is that none is as good as iTunes. This is bourne out by the fact that currently 89% of podcasts are listened to on IOS followed by 9% on android and 2% on RIM.

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Today I deleted my Facebook Account

I have always hated Facebook. I hate the way they change things without asking. I hate the non straightforeward way it works. I hate the way people now don’t value privacy and the contribution Facebook has made towards that attitude. In addition I hate the way they make you have a stupid “page” if your a business that is useless as a marketing tool.

I setup my facebook account some years ago to promote my band. Pretty soon after that I realized it was not a very good tool for that purpose and then focussed on building a mailing list. I also set it up to keep in contact with my family but to be honest I never go in as I prefer to talk to them. I haven’t used it for ages so I thought rather than leave it online so people can build up a database of images of me I decided to erase my account. By the way if you don’t think people are building up databases of images check out facesearch.com – creepy! Or this one brought to you by Reuters vuedle

I am now cleansed

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Mum and Dad visiting

Mum and Dad have been over from the UK the last couple of weeks at the country 20 acre residence. We have decided to fence in the house in to prevent kangaroos from eating all my plants. Dad helped me with my fence .(Mum has proofed this)

Mum “We are having an amazing time here….I am really appreciating the selected sightseeing to all the building merchants/ timber yards and DIY outlets….all very cultural!!”

Garden Update

Well my front gardens look rather lovely at the moment things are stepping. I have probably about 20 tomoato plants 20 beans and all manner of greens and flowers growing is rather nice. At our house in Melbourne we have an apple,plum,apricot,olive,peach and lemon tree. We have masses of lemons and recoently the plum and apricot trees and been producing fruit.

Meanwhile at the estate the 6 yabbie traps that I bought have come in useful and we dinned on yabbie for the first time the other week, I also have been very busy trying to make the area more green. (I’m not sure if its working) but I have dug a pretty long swale so its now “permaculture” ;-). I also have probably about 30-40 potato plants growing at the moment. See pics below

Holiday to Adeliade

I have just come back from a lovely holiday driving 2000km round trip to Adelaide

I did the video in iphoto then screengrabbed in screenflow. Which was a bit of a pain but I generated it as an album in iphoto so I can send a physical photo album to my Gran (this is why a few pages look funny because iphoto does not created videos and I sort of bodged it)

Background
We have been on holiday on a road trip round Australia. We started off in Melbourne and drove to Mildura. Then we drove to burmera. On the way we drove a 200km unsealed road where we saw some of the lake / salt marsh teaming with life, huge Murray river cod in the shallows with We also saw 6 emus. We then made our may along the Murray River to Adeliade and then on to the coorong and then onto Mt Gambia and then home.

 

Had a lovely time

Buying all major stuff online

We are getting screwed by retailers in Australia. Australia is a country full of duopolies and monopolies. I was recently sent this video which discusses our two largest retailers.

Due to the high cost of the AU dollar and the reasons above nowadays there are a large number of items that if you don’t buy them online your are being irresponsible with your money.  I have been able to save 50% on the shop price on these two items.

Item 1

ENGL Valve Amp (nice!)  60%  $1300   saving including shipping from Germany


bought from Thomman

Item 2
Protien Powder 50% $100 saving

bought from https://www.completehealth.com.au

Floods in Castlemaine

Australia has been devastated this last few months. The flooding has been on a massive scale affecting most of the east side of the country in one way or another. QLD has been most badly affected but NSW and VIC have also taken a pounding close to home Castlemaine has been affected. We spent last Sunday preserving fruits to donate to the guys that had their homes flooded in Castlemaine. Part of the growing ambundance project. Below is a video showing the the water. It is incredible after all the drought all the resiviors around castlemaine are now full. However the flooding has caused significant flooding and personal disasters.