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How To: Access Sites Blocked By Your Work’s IT Overlords

Posted on Mar 09, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: PopSci & LifeHacker



Lifehacker today has a nice guide that answers one of the questions I get asked most often by tech-advice-seeking friends: How do I get around my work’s web site blocker? Lifehacker’s answer is to set up a proxy server running on a machine at your home, through which you can access all the fun sites your IT department doesn’t want you to use.

Their tool of choice is PHProxy, an open source tool that requires a web server to run. You can use the built-in server on an OS X machine, or one of several all-in-one solutions that work for both Mac and Windows. From there, you set up a friendly unchanging URL for your home machine with a free service like DynDNS, which you then use to access your home machine from anywhere. Very cool.

It’s a bit involved, but should be fairly foolproof if set up correctly (you don’t have to install any software on your work computer or even adjust its browser settings–both of which are often impossible on work machines). Foolproof, that is, until your IT department spies you betting on camel racing in Dubai (or worse!) while you should be working and terminates your ass....

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Easy to Make, No-Knead Bread

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Easy to Make, No-Knead Bread

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal....

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DIY Backyard Relaxation Station

Posted on Feb 01, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: DIY Ideas

Relaxation Station

We designed this simple garden structure to be customizable for pursuing your favorite hobbies, entertaining, or just relaxing. In this version, a two-person chaise longue, outdoor fabric curtain panels and roof offer a shady garden retreat for reading—or napping!

Click here to downoad the PDF instructions.


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Different Types of Survival Bread

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 in - Food & Recipes, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Cordite Country

Do you plan to stand in the bread lines with the rest of the unemployed, hungry Americans?


Early Egyptians are credited with having discovered the process of making actual dough. Around 1000 B.C. they realized that when they added yeast to a paste made from wheat, the bread would rise and be a softer loaf. Before their accidental discovery, bread was hard and flat. This was also the era when beer bread was developed, along with the discovery that wheat could be refined to produce white bread.  The discoveries quickly spread through Europe.

In the early days of civilization bread became a more important staple than meat due to its ability to satiate appetite. Early Romans gave the citizens the grain needed to make their own bread. During the French Revolution, the citizens of France depended on bread for their very survival.

In the Middle Ages, a person’s social status was based on the bread they ate. If the bread was dark brown, it meant that the person was of a lower class because he couldn’t afford to purchase the more expensive white flour....

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How (not) to Hack a Road Sign – and add ‘Zombie Attack! Detour!’

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 in DIY Projects

Source: If You Were a


You may curse the common road worker.  They delight in setting up orange cones and slowing our commute.  It isn’t uncommon to see a dozen surly men and the occasional beautiful woman in classy reflective vests watching with fascination as another worker stands in a hole.  Add a supervisor with a clipboard and an over-enthusiastic back-hoe operator and you’ve got seven miles of closed off construction zone for at least two years. 

Zombie Road SignWell, now it seems that these misunderstood public servants may just be our salvation.  Our loyal (and exceptionally good looking) readers have been sending tips of signs of local outbreaks for the past couple weeks and it seems things are finally coming to a (undead) head.

Messages have been appearing on electronic road signs across the United States warning of zombies.  As is usually the case, the first sign of trouble came from the great state of Texas where a sign in Austin warned of “Zombies Ahead.”  Transportation lackeys were quickly sent to lie to panicked news crews.  There was no zombie outbreak, they claimed, the sign had just been hacked by teenage pranksters....

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How to: Recipe – Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

Posted on Jan 08, 2010 in - Food & Recipes

Source: GlutenFree Goddess

Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

Hayden’s Note:

I was informed by Karina, the GlutenFree Goddess, to immediately take down her recipe and pictures for copyright infringement.  I felt as though I had given her some beneficial exposure.  I checked my site stats and saw that TruthisTreason sent at least 100 visitors to her site from this article.  I even had a Truth visitor comment regarding the fact she had lost her online bookmark to this recipe and was very happy that I had posted it.  If you want to make some gluten free donuts, head on over to Karina’s site for the recipe.

…just trying to spread the recipe-love around and get yelled at for it.  Sheeeesh.
Oh, ALL pictures contained within this article are the original property and copyright of Karina and her website –

Pictures are merely representative of what you can expect to make if you follow her recipe.  Any additional information is used under the Fair Use Act in an effort to educate people regarding the benefits of eating healthy.  Also, this post was made on February 8th, 2011. ...

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How To: Make a Rain Water Barrel

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Source: HomeGrown Evolution

Make a Rain Barrel

Hayden’s Note:

Keep in mind, this is only ONE way to make a rain water barrel.  Your imagination is the limit and there are many more designs on the internet.  At the end of the article, I’ve added two examples of a “pre-flush diverter” so that the leaves and dirt from your rooftop will not go into the barrel.  Using only a simple screen will allow dirt, sediment and possibly chemicals into your water, so a diverter is a cheap, effective way to keep your water relatively clean! 

There’s a lot of advice floating around the internets about how to make a rain barrel. Most barrel pundits suggest drilling a hole in the bottom of a barrel and installing a faucet, a kind of connection called a “bulkhead fitting”. Unfortunately such improvised fittings have a tendency to leak. My favorite way to make a rain barrel is to take a 55 gallon drum, use the preexisting fittings on the top and turn it upside down, a process explained nicely here (complete with a list of parts), by B....

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How To: Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 in DIY Projects

Source: Inhabitots

In case you were wondering why someone would want to make their own cleaner, rather than run to Wal-Mart and simply buy it (as if that isn’t reason enough!): homemade cleaners smell better, work just as well, cut down on packaging, and save you money. Lastly, this is a very simple green step you can take at home, yet the rewards are huge – cleaner indoor air quality and a healthy, happy family.

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You need very few supplies to make homemade cleaning products. Most of the items you’ll need, you likely have around the house already…

  1. A few plain old spray bottles. You can purchase some, or clean out your old ones (the ones that had icky cleaners in them) and reuse them.
  2. Box of baking soda.
  3. Table salt.
  4. Bottle of white distilled vinegar.
  5. Good old plain tap H2O.
  6. Olive oil.
  7. Natural soap.
  8. Fresh lemons.
  9. Organic essential oil of tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass and rosemary. You don’t need all of them, but having at least a couple on hand is helpful. These are some of the best antiseptic and antibacterial essential oils, plus they smell great.

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Resurface a Scratched CD

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 in DIY Projects

Source: Instructables

 Do you have a CD that’s scratched beyond repair, but don’t want to buy one of those expensive (and often ineffective) resurfacing machines? Turns out its easy to resurface them yourself.  A little Brasso and some elbow grease is all you need!



Step 1 – Gather Required Materials.

First gather the following materials.

– Paper towel (softer is better)
– Polishing cloth (eyeglasses cloth will do fine)
– CD scratched beyond playability (easy to find)
– Can of Brasso Metal Polish.


Step 2 – Apply Brasso and Start Polishing!

Take some of the brasso and pour it onto the CD. Please be careful with the Brasso, and only perform this in a well ventilated area. I was making this guide at at the office, and forgot about the fumes. I had to polish the CD in the stairwell as I would have fumed out my co-workers otherwise.

Use the paper towel pieces to polish the CD. Polishing is ideal in straight strokes from the center of the disk to the outside so you polish perpendicular to the tracks on the disc....

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Urban Gardening – Cordite Country

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 in DIY Projects, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Urban Gardening

Source: Cordite Country
City gardens and country gardens are different—not only in the amount of space each can fill, but in the types and quantities of foods that can be produced. Where the country garden can lounge over a half acre, the city garden must often fit in tight spaces. The country garden can accommodate low-producing plants that require relatively large plots of land, like corn, but the city garden must achieve the highest productivity from the smallest parcel.


Gardening, like everything else we hope will succeed, begins with a plan.

Pencil and paper (or a computer keyboard) are your initial gardening tools. The best time to do this is right now!

First, take a sheet of paper and divide it into four columns. In the first column on the left, make a list of the fresh foods and herbs you enjoy eating—go wild with this step, just write down everything you generally buy: Lettuce, sage, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, kohlrabi, basil, green beans, radishes, and so on.

Next, in the second column, write in how many pounds of the food you eat in a typical week.


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Make a Moving Dolly out of a Shopping Cart!

Posted on Nov 08, 2009 in DIY Projects

Make a Hand Truck Out of a Shopping Cart

via: LifeHacker

So you need to move some large, heavy stuff, but you don’t want to throw out your back? Instead of renting or paying two hundred dollars for your own moving dolly, DIY web site Instructables details how to make your own.

The project requires an old shopping cart and some pretty heavy-duty tools (and the project does require some welding), but it shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two, and you’ll have saved quite a bundle on a dolly. The guide is pretty detailed and takes it step-by-step, so it shouldn’t be remarkably difficult either—in fact, the hardest part is probably finding a shopping cart (although the author mentions that most stores will gladly give you old, soon-to-be-discarded carts).

Hayden’s Note:

….or, you could just “find” one late at night in the parking lot of your local grocery store.  But be forewarned; that would be illegal.  Wal-Mart would be a better choice anyway as they have much nicer shopping carts than your typical mom’n’pop grocery store…but…Wal-Mart employs about 18 cameras on the front side of the typical ‘SuperCenter’ store....

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Recycled Wine Bottle Torch

Posted on Nov 03, 2009 in DIY Projects

I was browsing around the web, looking for some new DIY projects and found Gerardot & Co's blog where they posted an article entitled 'Design for Life: Recycled Wine Bottle Torch'.  Now, I'm all about re-using and recycling parts, but to be honest, I never really could find a really good use for empty wine bottles.  And there are several lying around our house!  The ability (and creative skill!) to turn trash into treasure is something that has fascinated me since early childhood.  Now that we are getting into fall, you might not be able to use it for long but I thought I would share this post with you.  They estimate it to cost about $5 to make and its a great way to recycle your wine bottles, along with adding an artistic flair or creating mood lighting for your yard or p

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Spooky Silhouette Candleholders & Glasses

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in DIY Projects

DIY Project: Evita’s Spooky Silhouette Candleholders d*s reader evita smith of the happy heathen sent over this beautiful halloween diy project inspired by the silhouettes of carew rice. i’m usually not a fan of halloween decor (i don’t like orange and black together for some reason) but these manage to look holiday-appropriate and sophisticated, so i’m sold! thanks so much to evita for sharing her clever halloween crafts with us! CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump!   To me, nothing is more quintessentially ‘Lowcountry’ in art form than the silhouettes of Carew Rice. He also influenced the design we did for the invitations from our recent wedding. This project was started as an attempt to recreate and share our beloved vintage Carew tumblers that

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How to Install Ceramic Tile Floor

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in DIY Projects

How to Install a Ceramic Tile Floor Source: DIY Network Home-improvement pro Scott Branscom shows how to install a ceramic tile floor. Time - Several Weekends Price Range - $500 - $1,000 Difficulty - Moderate to Hard   Step 1: Take Measurements of the Room Begin by taking measurements of the room. Step 2: Cut the Cement BoardUse those measurements to cut the cement board to size. This material is hard, but not too difficult to cut through. Use a razor knife to score one side, then turn the board over to finish the cut. Use caution when cutting to avoid pulling the mesh off the board. Step 3: Lay Out the Pieces Once all the pieces are cut, lay them out on the floor to make sure it's a snug fit. Step 4: Secure the Cement Board Secure the cement board to th

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