Good point vecarenx!
I've started a collection of architectural and engineering manuals for my studies, for the sheer pleasure of reading, and to preserve as a resource
to help rebuild my community should the worst ever (and hopefully, never) happen ...I'm looking to specialise in lo-tech recycled design, as the one
thing that should the worst ever happen, is that living in our current times, there will be an abundance of manufactured consumer materials to put to
What is important is that we take time-out and make it our duty to to teach survival and inventive/adaptive skills to our younger generation, be they
our own kids, or nephews and neices, or even just a bunch of kids who take to you from your neighbourhood who's parents trust you. Make it fun to go
camping with just the basics, play games with 'what could you build with just plastic sheeting, a dozen wooden cargo-pallets, and a dozen soda
cans/bottles in the garden'.
Whilst books and manuals can be 'given wisdom' we can't rely on having even those resources, however, developing fun games to foster
lateral-thinking can be an immense benefit.
On an inventive note...
Originally posted by Yarcofin
The best thing to do would be make a machine that can quickly cut text into thin sheets of rock, and then put them somewhere safe.
Rock/clay tablets are incredibly fragile, and once broken, the information contained is lost. A better way would be to take an idea used by the
ancient scribes and transcribe drawings and text onto metal sheets and rolled up and preserved against oxidation (much like the copper scrolls found
by Dr Jones
A clay-blank can be imprinted with the metal-scroll bas-relief information as a very primitive form of mass-produced press-printing
Originally posted by Tranceopticalinclined
Say a EMP hits, for some odd reason all computers are useless, can we fix them and run em off of rivers and windmills? hell i will even employ dogs
running in a big hampster wheel to power my puter if the info on it was valueable enuff.
If its valuable, print it out and perhaps even laminate the pages!
An EMP will destroy semiconductors but not basic electrical circuits...as an example, I recently watched an example of a (modern...5y.o or less) car
being driven into an EMP field, the car and its engine management systems and ignition all died as the S.C.s fried into ozone, but the basic circuits
for the electric windows which are motors powered by the battery continued to function...an EMP strike would render all modern computerization
useless, but basic mechanical systems such as motors, switches, and relays should be undamaged by the pulse