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…

Portable Wood Stove II – DIY

Like I mentioned yesterday, my portable wood stove wasn’t burning that well. I used an extra piece of chicken mesh to (theoretically) improve it.

Below you can see my extended woodstove, placed on a solid surface and already filled with tinder.
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Filled with wood, ready to ignite.
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The goal of the evening was to boil a liter of water in my mess tin, and to make some tea. In order to save as much energy as possible I used my big mess tin as a lid on top of the small one. Let it burn! As it was pretty cold, and I didn’t use a windshield, I had to add lots of wood.
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Only after 40 minutes the water was almost boiling…
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The tea I made had a strong taste of mess tin and thermos. In other words: yak! Before you will like this, you’ll have to hike another 40 km. Sitting on the freezing soil for 40 minutes was not enough to appreciate it.

So what went wrong? To much heat got lost because of the lack of a windshield and because the mess tin stood to high above the fire. The opening in the wood stove was not big enough for easy refueling. So I had to use a windshield and probably also a lot less water. The wood stove is being recycled now and I’m already looking for a new container to build another one.

Portable Wood Stove – DIY

It’s cold outside and I’m bored of sitting inside. I want to go for a hike! But no hike without a nice warm cup of tea. And therefore I need a portable cooker. This time I tried to make a portable wood stove.

You can find lots of DIY wood stoves at Zen Backpacking Stoves. From very simple to very ingenious models complete with solar panels and micro waves.

What I wanted to do was to make a very simple wood stove from materials that can be found everywhere. Here you can see the result:

In the bottom I made small ventilation holes. I also inserted a piece of chicken mesh to prevent the wood to fall on to bottom. This way there is plenty of ventilation, something you need for having a good fire.

At the top I’ve cut out two big rectangles, those are needed to add extra wood and also for good ventilation. The pot or cup can be place right on top of the burner. When testing this setup I noticed that the holes are not big enough, and that I need something to make a spacing between the can and the cup. That can be a bigger can, or some nails.

Back to the drawing table 🙂

Barack Obama Visiting Belgium

This must be the first official visit of the president of the United States of America – Barack Obama – to Belgium.

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I have to admit, paper craft is addictive. It’s big fun to create those little paper creatures. You can find lots of simple paper craft models on Cubeecraft.com. But he who wants to have a bigger challenge must certainly try to create Yamaha’s MT-01: http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/entertainment/papercraft/ultra/index.html

So far the fun part. It seems Barack Obama is going to visit Belgium in October 2009 to celebrate the Canonization of Father Damien (Pater Damiaan – Jozef De Veuster).