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Ultra-Light Alcohol Stove
outdoors : by Tommy - March 8th 2008, 01:55PM
While looking at various camping stoves, like the MSR WhisperLite and Pocket Rocket, I came across the old alcohol stove design. I was curious how they worked and found several howto videos on making your own alcohol stove.

Of all the videos I found this one was probably my favorite. I was able to track down some Bud Light in aluminum bottles. It's not Shiner, but it's not the beer I want - it's the containers.

I followed Russell's howto video and was able to hack apart a bottle and assemble it into a modest imitation. It wasn't the most sound design, so I made another. The second stove turned out better than the first and I was actually able to boil a standard sized pot of water!

Pics are forthcoming.

update: From the moment I lit the stove, it took 10 minutes to boil 2-1/2 cups of water (what my dehydrated meal calls for). Not too shabby.

tags: camping stove efficient

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Permissions Boost
neodux : by Tommy - February 28th 2008, 09:20PM
In hopes of encouraging more posting and feedback, I've bumped everyone's permissions to add/edit posts on neodux.

Almost all of you should be able to create your own entry on neodux if you wish. Just make sure it's not flat out retarded and of some substance to at least a couple of people other than yourself. If you're having problems posting, let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

A few notes on creating a post:
  • Entries are essentially raw HTML, format accordingly.
  • Use inline links to relevant information
  • Check the post's spelling and grammar, please.
  • Chose the most approprate category.
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    Top Ten trash-talk lines...
    sports : by Nate - February 24th 2008, 09:14PM
    ... for Tony Romo when I play his team in rec-league basketball.

    10. Someone told me you're Tony Roma, I love your ribs.
    9. Do you play rec league football? Our team could use a backup QB.
    8. Aren't you the place-kick holder for the Cowboys?
    7. I was hoping Jessica would be here, but I guess you play better when she's not.
    6. Has anybody ever told you that you look like you could be Tony Romo's little brother?
    5. Don't quit your day job.
    4. How does Jerry Jones' butt taste?
    3. I hope we play you guys in the first round of the playoffs
    2. I watched a lot of film to prepare for this game, well, if Dukes of Hazzard counts.
    1. Sorry, I'm usually better than this, but I just got back from Cabo.

    P.S. Jason Witten is on his team too. This should be fun...

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    Phun with Physics
    games : by Tommy - February 22nd 2008, 05:04PM

    It's hard to categorize exactly what Phun is. A game? There's no rules really. You could argue that it's educational, but it's just so darn fun. It's alot like a 2D virual Lego set: stimulating free-form play.

    Created by Emil Ernerfeldt for his Master's thesis, Phun is a physics engine with dynamic shapes that can be arranged, moved and associated however you wish. For more info, check out the Phun webpage.

    Grendel sez: Here's my first creation. The chain was a doozy to get working right.

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    Freedom of Information
    news : by Greg - February 18th 2008, 08:15AM
    So I was talking to Kim the other day and she mentions that what would be really nice is a non biased listing of all major religions and what they stand for and believe.

    Most people affiliate with a particular church because it's how they grew up, i.e. that's where mom and dad choose to take you. But a much better way to choose would be to see the different denominations and choose one that most closely fits your personal faith.

    At this point I mentioned that there's probably a website out there to facilitate that, but I haven't a clue what it is.

    This also brought up the issue of having a stances guide for presidential candidates. There's Vote Smart and some other sites to give out bio stats but nobody lays out a unbiased look at each candidates stance on major issues, or what each candidate considers major issues. A lot of that has to do with candidates not wanting to be painted into a corner or having their stances be oversimplified, but thats not impossible to work around.

    It seems like we have hundreds or thousands of data tools to use online if it's in the interest of helping us consume, but finding really useful information in a helpful format on things like religion or politics is a huge pain in the butt. Why can't getting information about denomination choices or presidential choices be as easy as getting facts about video card choices?

    If you need me I'll be out defending our system of consumerism, hoo-ah!

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