Albany NY designer, Manoocher Zarif is piloting a device that converts vibrations found in urban traffic into electricity.
The industrial design graduate came across the idea while he was experimenting with a Piezo device that converts pressure and movement into electricity, lighting up an LED lamp. He is in line for a JAmes Dyson award for his idea. (more…)
ORANGE COUNTY, Aug 24th – Mike Milligan trudges up the canyon, gesturing at bone-dry trees, streams that have turned to trickles and thick carpets of tinder- ready, dead leaves. A cigarette dangles from his lips, slowly becoming ash.
Milligan, the volunteer fire chief for Holy Jim Canyon and longtime cabin owner in the area, frets about fire. His firsthand experience tells him that the driest year on record – 2013 – has only grown worse. The first seven months of 2014 were the hottest ever in Orange County.
“I’ve been coming up here 50-plus years, and I’ve never seen it this bad,” Milligan said.
One problem? The canyon’s alder trees are dying. In healthy times, the alders shade fishing holes. During this drought, the tall, dead alders serve as potential torches. The desiccated trees also shed duff – dead branches and leaves – that in some spots is a foot deep.
The last time the entire forest burned was in 1908, though the smaller Indian Fire took out great patches of forest in 1980. (more…)
OK, you have purchased your land, you are all excited about getting your off grid homestead going, but before you set your first post, before you lay your first board, there are some things you should do first, taking these steps will help to insure your place will be the best place it can be.
The first thing you should do is walk your land, especially if there is acreage concerned, you need to get to know your land as best you can, pick out more than one potential spot, then camp out on your land, as often as you can, for as many seasons as you can. Try to be there during rain, wind and such. The reason this is important is you NEED to know where the winds blow, the direction, you need to know how the drainage works, you don’t want to build where it’s going to flood. (more…)
You may have enough weapons and ammo stashed away to fight the next World War all by yourself…
You may have fortified your home and have 3 different routes mapped out to get to your bug-out retreat…
You may have a food stockpile that will see you, your family, heck, the whole darned neighborhood, through until the Second Coming…
You may tirelessly watch militant YouTube videos that show you how to take down your opponent in 3 easy maneuvers…
If you aren’t realistic about your skills and your physical abilities, you are likely to be just as dead as the guy down the road who considers the two extra bags of Doritos in his pantry to be a food stockpile.
You need to know enough to realize just how much you don’t know.
It’s time for a prepper reality check. Be warned. You may not like it. And if you’re offended by this article, that could mean that you are one of the people I’m talking about. (more…)
Dimensional lumber, nearly stacked and ready for their second life….
Going off grid on the cheap, it’s possible to do, but you should be creative and flexible, the property was the biggest expense, buying a property with “issues” made that expense much less than it could have been.
Our property’s issue was the access, it has a seasonal creek that runs across the front/bottom of the property, so driving up on the property is tricky if not impossible. We didn’t mind, the rest of the property was great.
One of the things we do to build cheap (sometimes free) is to constantly be on the lookout for free materials to recycle or re-purpose. It’s not the same as going to the lumber store and buying what we need, we often are gifted with material that would normally go to the dump at odd times, this material has its issues, the lumber is rough, has nails, screws and other hardware, sometimes ends of lumber are rotten, damaged or cut off, as I said, you need to be creative. (more…)
This video is titled, “How to start a farm with no money”, well I’m here to tell you that you need SOME money, but if you are creative, you will not need near the bundle you would need otherwise.
I watched this video with a jaundiced eye, I have seen many claims that often fall under the “too good to be true…” well I am more impressed with John Suscovich than I have been with many other people making these sorts of claims. (more…)
I love these tiny homes, this one is particularly interesting because it’s completely legal, not saying all the other tiny homes are illegal, in some places people have to build them on the down low. Check it out!
This one shows quite a bit of detail, and he even tells us what he would do differently if he had to do it again, I love the cabinets! (more…)
If what I just read is true, then Ebola might not be as scary as first thought, I think many of us have read the books back in the 90s, the one that comes to my mind is The Hot Zone, that was an eye opening but scary scary scary book, even Stephen King called the first chapter, “one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life.” Until recently, Ebola was something that happened “over there”, in some other country, in Africa, in 3rd world countries, well now all of that has changed, we don’t have to worry about Ebola accidentally coming to the USA, it has been purposely brought over. Of course when all you have heard is how it is a death sentence if you are infected and it’s a horrible way to die, it tends to scare one to no end, well now I’m learning that it may not be such a death sentence after all.
I realize that some might read this here (on off-grid.net) and ask why such a story is posted here, what does it have to do with living off grid? Well I’m here to tell you that keeping healthy is a mainstay about living off grid, that includes being able to prevent and/or fight off major viruses like this. I know that for me, staying away from as many people as possible (ie not going to the city any more often as I have to) is very important and one of the ways I stay healthy, but no one is an island to themselves, and even if I never go the city, my friends and neighbors do, so it’s up to me to be as prepared as I can possibly be.
I found this online, and it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyhow), you can’t believe everything you read just because someone posted it online, but this does give me hope and helps me to understand this virus and how it works a bit better. The link to the following story is at the bottom. (more…)
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