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Re: My list

Okay then.. I'll try and get a couple copies knocked out. Got some things going on - a storm blew a big chunk of our barn roof away - took the rafters, stringers, joists with it, too... if you stand inside the barn right in the front, there's nothing between the blue sky and you except thin air... i...
by Billy
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:15 am
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: My list
Replies: 5
Views: 5704

Re: My list

Hey Becka, right quick... Somewhere around here, I've got working plans - blueprints - for a 6 heddle loom printed by the Smithsonian. The original loom was hand made during the early expansion westward here in the US, some 200 years ago. It currently resides in the Smithsonian, and some years ago, ...
by Billy
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: My list
Replies: 5
Views: 5704

Re: How Empires End...

Becka, Thank you for your reply... I was beginning to think I was all alone here... I'm aware of the splitting of the empire, as well as the Eastern Roman Empire continuing on for some time, as well as misguided and wasteful efforts by Justinian to reclaim territories lost by the collapse of the Wes...
by Billy
Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:44 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: How Empires End...
Replies: 6
Views: 7087

Re: In Technology Built For Longevity

Howdy all... Was pondering the question "How to store information for future generations?" and I know my last suggestion was low-tech, but upon revisiting the question - and reading the various suggestions and ideas, they all seem to pivot on the idea of having electric power available or ...
by Billy
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: How best to preserve vital knowledge?
Topic: In Technology Built For Longevity
Replies: 9
Views: 8314

How Empires End...

Good article over at Doug Casey's International Man, written by a guy named Jeff Thomas. Called "How Empires End" . http://www.internationalman.com/articles/how-empires-end The short version is: Pretty much no matter which civilization we're talking about or which period in history, all Em...
by Billy
Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:48 pm
 
Forum: What might collapse civilisation?
Topic: How Empires End...
Replies: 6
Views: 7087

Re: Alex Weir's CD3WD project

but how did he solve the problem of expansion of the flywheel..? Differential expansion. Brass, being an alloy of copper, expands and contracts more when compared to steel (and the temperatures being the same). So, he put a brass "tire" (tyre?) on the outside of the steel balance wheel. W...
by Billy
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: Alex Weir's CD3WD project
Replies: 9
Views: 15297

Re: Alex Weir's CD3WD project

Thanks Doc... Would still like to know what was at the original link. Maybe we can find a substitute that deals with the same information... The bibliography... great, now I have another great huge pile of books to buy. :) By the way, saw John Harrison mentioned in there. What a coincidence. I bring...
by Billy
Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: Alex Weir's CD3WD project
Replies: 9
Views: 15297

Re: Deterioration of Buildings

Another thing to consider is how the building was originally constructed. Our little farmhouse here is over 100 years old, built in the Arts & Crafts style. Built like a bunker. Thick hardwood joists and beams, usually oak or southern yellow pine (a species of pine almost as hard as oak, now alm...
by Billy
Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:20 am
 
Forum: 1. The End of the World as we Know it
Topic: Deterioration of Buildings
Replies: 2
Views: 4322

Good question...

The world as we know it as ended, and the vast majority of humanity is gone. There has been a period of turmoil after the apocalypse, but order has now been restored by a ruler. You are a member of a surviving community of a few thousand people, in a largely peaceful society. Given the appropriate ...
by Billy
Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:03 pm
 
Forum: How quickly could you accelerate a reboot of civilisation?
Topic: Good question...
Replies: 0
Views: 1937

10 minutes to save the world?

So, I get 10 minutes to figure out what 5 things I will need the most to rebuild the world... this begs the question: "Who put me in charge?!?" Which would then be followed by several comments regarding the mental stability of the individual who went out of their way to choose me in the fi...
by Billy
Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Can you prepare for the apocalypse?
Topic: 10 minutes to save the world?
Replies: 0
Views: 1898
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