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emergentdigitalpractices:

(via I died on my Mountain - Kill Screen - Videogame Arts & Culture.)
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aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
aylamusic:

I never bake typos
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madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
madameeullogy:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Hong Hao
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fastcodesign:

Invisible losers, VR police states: “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” gets right what most futurist concepts get wrong.

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thisistheverge:

The best calendar app for iPhone
A great calendar app is like a great assistant. It lets you know 30 minutes before important appointments, updates you about events with work friends and college friends, and has directions ready as you walk out the door. I can’t afford an assistant, but luckily calendars apps are a lot more affordable: some of the best options for iPhone can be had for under $9.99. These apps do a lot more than Apple’s stock calendar app, which has only one great feature: that its icon changes to show the date on your home screen. When you look elsewhere, you might find deep integration with Facebook events, one-tap access to conference calls, and even sports schedules you can subscribe to with one tap.
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hyperallergic:

(via Early High-Speed Photographs Offer Incredible Details of Motion)
Back in the 1930s, an electrical engineer from Nebraska, working at MIT, developed the first “strobe” flash for photography, changing the way motion is documented. Dr. Harold Edgerton took thousands of high-speed photographs during his career, and some from his estate are on public display for the first time at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London.
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diy:

Gardener Project: Build an Irrigation System
Make a slow-drip watering system. Most plants like their roots to be damp, but not muddy. This experiment is perfect for observing how plants absorb the nutrients they need to thrive. Check out the rest of these 12 Gardener challenges.
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smartercities:

The Big Buy-In: How a City and Its Citizens Got Smart About Water | People for Smarter Cities
It’s no secret that the world’s freshwater resources are limited and decreasing. At the same time, domestic consumption and water waste are increasing. In the U.S., a typical household consumes about 260 gallons a day, most of which could be significantly reduced through small behavioral changes. But getting citizen buy-in is not an easy task. Here’s how one city spurred its residents to take action.
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humanoidhistory:

1989 NASA concept art shows a space vehicle that provides an articial-gravity environment for Mars exploration crews: ” The piloted vehicle rotates around the axis that contains the solar panels. Levels of artificial gravity vary according to the tether length and the rate at which the vehicle spans.”
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pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
pcordnsuch:

law66:

Project Black Box:
The idea of this project was to make people look at what they do and reassess the way they do tasks. At training days or events people look through the wares and grab everything they perceive they need. Its great to have them without a doubt, but off duty some don’t carry those tools. The aim is to show them that they can think and problem solve off duty or if the situation they are in leaves them with those items removed/lost. Part of the training for Royal Marine Commandos involves dropping them in the middle of no where in Scotland with a base layer, boxers, boots with no laces and nothing else.  This enforced mindset of finding problem solvers to their own situation is invaluable. Finding yourself in a situation where you have escaped, or on the run, without the gear you would normally carry, but having your brain accept the P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) to find alternatives offers the greatest boost to your survival and success. This test works in a similar way and has been conducted at other peoples homes to leave them in unfamiliar surroundings to find solutions or items they can use.
So here is my BlackBox. This one challenged me to not look at my usual stash to obtain parts for a part of a standard belt kit. I wanted to find things in the garage, shed or the special place men have somewhere. The Thing Drawer! (The little place you throw all that stuff you don’t want to throw out as it will come in handy at some point.) So lets get a look at the contents of this one.
Waterproof paper, perfect addition for making notes, or for drawing maps before dropping into a valley.
Fresnel Lens, 4x magnification with medical and firelighting uses.
Signal Marker panel, makes night time signalling simple. Exceeds US coastguard spec. Found it in the pack for my mountain bike.
Water sterilisation tablets. I carry these in everything, Im always out and Im never without these or the water bag.
1.5” cyalume. Discovered in the tackle box, a great addition to have handy. Only four hour but some light is better than no light at all.
Six feet ultra thin 100Ib coated steel. Found in the tackle box, its strong, handy, versatile and too good to pass up.
Three scalpel blades, found in the first aid kit in the garage. Loads of uses and easy to use.
Water bag, one litre, always in my pocket.
Five tindertabs with a mini firesteel in one. Ive been carrying these in my pocket for some time. The compact sizes is enough for an emergency.
Sailors sewing needle. A great addition to the kit, found in the garage in a box with some other items. A nail or tack would work just as well.
Folding saw, found in the bike pack, not sure why its their but its a tool worthy to have. Ideally a folding razor saw would be the better solution but I’ll take it as part of the box.
Pencil, I found a few in the garage while digging around, cut one down to save space.
Multipack items. Safety pins with about three feet of the ultra strong cord I use for some of the other projects. A compact fishing kit if nothing else.
Bobby pins, a great universal tool. A P38 can opener, 99 documented uses for these so who could resist one. An old plain dog tag. A mirror for checking yourself, signalling etc. A compass also.
So, there is a lot in the box and still space left which to me is best left to add more things you find while out and about. I can think of a lot of uses for each item and for me that justifies its addition. Some of the items are not the highest quality as they were from the garage or around the house. It will work when you need it too making any situation better.
Upon reflection its an interesting exercise to free your brain from the normal routine of training offered and expand your thought process into other areas. Having the right tools for the job is by far the best foundation for success, there is no denying that. We all know that real life can separate you from those tools and leave you far from the canopy of your comfort zone. This demonstrates your ability or failure to solve problems with other tools, even if you have to make them. Highlighting a weakness in your skills helps you plug a gap. This can in turn boost your survival ability should you need it.
From seeing the kit offered by pcordnsuch, or the other kit offered by wndsn some of the items seem to be a staple essential. There is no right or wrong and thats important to note. What you think would serve you and your lifestyle may differ greatly.
My thanks to everyone who got involved, and if you have a go yourself let me know what you opt for. My special thanks to a good Para friend who spent three weeks working on his kit and when I saw it he had filled it with water sterilisation tablets and condoms. I’ve really not laughed so much in a long time. He was using condoms for water carry he claimed but he had an awful lot of them! My thanks also to others who took part and filled the boxes with lists from manufacturers and highlighted my point. They are now going back to look at the kits more closely and from continued emails and conversation they are starting to think a little more freely. My sincere thanks to everyone who took part, and thanks to those that have been called away unable to complete their boxes due to being on duty.
For mainstream items for your EDC dont forget the Law Industries Store

Good condom story. Maybe your mate gets really thirsty! I agree with having a positive attitude. You can defeat yourself in your mind. If you assume that you’ve lost, almost nothing can make you win. Thanks again for the chance to be part of this project. As I use the box a bit, I may make some changes.
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mapsontheweb:

Map for the first United States Manned Orbital Flight, 1962
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fastcompany:

This new wearable device says it helps lower stress at work — we put it to the test.
fastcompany:

This new wearable device says it helps lower stress at work — we put it to the test.
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