Magnesiumstick And Sisal Rope

It’s friday, time to make some fire! Today we are going to use some sisal rope as tinder to start our fire. It’s pretty easy if you know how to do it. I’ll show it to you in a few pictures. The knife I’m using is a Frosts Mora Clipper. A very cheap (= inexpensive), but decent knife every wannabe Bush crafter must have! 😉

Or for those who like a video-demo:

Ikea Hacking: Take Two: Ingo Table And Lanni Chair

Ikea hacking is fun. And since we liked it the first time so much, we decided to try it again. This time with the big Ingo table and a Lanni chair. Just like the first time we’ll paint these items so that they’ll fit our interior. They are going to be the furniture in my little laptop corner.

We painted them first dark gray, and then we brushed some transparent brown varnish onto it to give it that antique look.

And for the chair: the same thing.

The final result.

Now I only need to find a decent laptop…

Dryer Lint Tinder

Dryer lint makes excellent tinder. You have to clean your dryer’s filter anyway, and instead of throwing the lint away you could save it to use it as tinder. Put some of it in your emergency readiness or use it to light your BBQ.

Now how does this work? I’ll give you a small demonstration.

Take a piece of dryer lint and tear it apart. Try to make it as light as possible. Take your firesteel and after a few strokes you have your fire. Be careful not to inhale the fumes as they could be poisonous due to the type of materials used for your socs or t-shirts.

Even though you might not have any dryer lint with you in an emergency situation, you can always make some by pealing off little peaces of fabric from your socs or blouse. This video also indicates that dryer lint is highly flammable and can be ignited with only a few little sparks. Those sparks can also be the result of static electricity, so be sure to always clean your dryer and remove any lint from it’s filter.

Ikea Hacking: Ingo Table

A lot op people make fun of the IKEA furniture packages. Screws or bolts are missing, the instructions are not clear or detailed enough and you always need a tool that is not present. My idea is that most people who share this idea do not have a good eye for detail. I bought already lot’s of stuff at IKEA and I never missed one screw.

Yes I did have some issues putting the goods together, but that was my own fault. The included instructions were so detailed but I missed the part where was depicted which side was up. Two big holes on the right means up, two small holes on the right means down. I only figured out that something was wrong when I wanted to install the latest piece. I had to breakdown everything again to fix my mistake.

But can you imagine there are people who don’t even care about that. The just need some parts of the package and will alter it the way they want to have it. They even have a website:

Being a fan of thinking outside the box, I also wanted to do some IKEA hacking myself. My wife wanted a little side table that fits our furniture, but we couldn’t find a nice and reasonably priced one, so we decided to hack some IKEA stuff. We bought a cheap
Ingo dining table (2 persons) and made a nice little side table of it.

First of all: unpack everything and check if all pieces are present.

Because the table was too high (73cm) I had to cut down the table-legs to 43cm (tabletop = 2cm, so the table will measure 45cm in total). Be very cautious when cutting the table-legt: cut off the bottom and not the top! You’ll need the top for further constructing the full table.
Warning: ask your wife first if you can do this inside.

when done, just follow the instruction from the manual. If something isn’t going easy, you’re doing it wrong and should check the details!

And here is the result:

Subdomain Based Multilingual WordPress

Some days ago I wrote I was trying to setup this bilingual blog using different database tables but the same WordPress installation. This way I only have to upgrade my WordPress installation and plugins once. But I can still use different themes / language per subdomain if I want to do so.(and that’s great for experimenting).

Having this done is pretty easy. You have to change the part where you define your table_prefix in your config.php file to something similar to the code below.

$subdomain = substr($_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'], 0, strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'], '.'));
if ($subdomain == 'en')
$table_prefix = 'en_';
$table_prefix = 'wp_';

In this case I presume you want to link the subdomain ‘en’ to $talbe_prefix = ‘en_’ like I did for this website. If you want to use ‘english’ as a subdomain and you used ‘wp2_’ as table_prefix, of course you’ll have to use those values.

Now I only need to find a plugin that is able to scan the wp_content/uploads/ directory so I can use the same media in both blogs.

Steel Wool And A Battery

One of my hobbies is trying as much possible options to make a fire. Today I made fire with some Steel Wool (Wire Wool) and a 9 Volts battery.

First of all you make sure you’ll have enough tinder. In this case it’s only a demonstration, so I took some cotton. Loosen some steel wool and touch it with the battery. You’re actually short circuiting the battery, that’s where the energy is coming from. You’ll see the steel wool starts to burn. Hold you tinder against it while you are blowing on the burning parts.

Be cautions when putting away the steel wool. Due to the blowing into the steel wool, the fire might have moved into the middle of the steel wool. It can smolder for a long time. So before you throw it away: dip it in a bucket of water. Safety first!

Extreme Cola Vending Machine Hacking

I noticed a lot of people are looking to get things for free. Free in “not paying for it”. You’ll see there are plenty of video’s of Youtube proving this. Everybody is trying to hack a Coca Cola vending machine. So I tought, let’s make a parody on this and I published my own video on YouTube. I gave it the title: “Extreme Cola Vending Machine Hacking”.

The extreme part of it was to show I was popping a can out of a soda machine using the ultimate trick: putting some money in it. It’s fun to see some people like the joke, but it’s even more fun to see all those angry people shouting it’s not a hack, that I’m a fool or a stupid fuck or a gay.

The video is even flagged with “misleading title” and “not suitable for all ages”. Strange how you can make people upset by telling how things should work…