Reduce tree damage If a treehouse is designed poorly it is easy to cause damage to the tree, but by following some simple guidelines you can minimise damage as much as possible. It is impossible to cause no damage at all, but trees have evolved several techniques to tolerate damage and remain healthy. As trees are living organisms, they differ from familiar building materials in the following four ways. They can be infected by bacteria and viruses, causing loss of branches or death to the whole tree They slowly grow larger over time, increasing the diameter of their trunk every year They use a process called compartmentalisation to isolate damaged or infected areas They will compensate for a changed weight distribution Infections Airborne or insect-borne bacteria and fungi can infect a tree, causing localised rot and death and in some cases gradual or sudden death of the tree, eg Dutch elm disease and sudden oak death. Cutting the trunk or branches Nails and screws Bolts Slings, ropes and cable Growth over time
How to Become an Early Riser It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. … and the next morning, I got up just before noon. Hmmm… I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up. Through trial and error, I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough.
How to 2 Steps Part 1 Preparing to Build Your Treehouse <img alt="Image titled Build a Treehouse Step 1" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn" onload="WH.performance.clearMarks('image1_rendered'); WH.performance.mark('image1_rendered');">1Choose the right tree. The health of the tree you select is absolutely crucial for building a foundation for your treehouse. <img alt="Image titled Build a Treehouse Step 4" src=" width="728" height="546" class="whcdn">4Talk to your insurance agent. Part 2 Making a Detailed Plan Part 3 Building and Securing a Platform Part 4 Laying the Deck and Railing Part 5 Finishing Up Community Q&A Add New Question How about lightning protection? Unanswered Questions Ask a Question Answer Questions Tips Warnings
Top 10 Free Ways To Discover New Music Online Bored with your music and want to discover some new bands or singers? There are two main ways you can do that online. You can use services which create music maps, allowing you to explore artists similar in genre to the artists you already listen to. Or you can use music blogs and websites that showcase independent or up-and-coming artists, whether the music is being reviewed, or posted by the musicians themselves. Some of these websites have a community built around them, which gives fans the opportunity to interact directly with these new talents. Here is a list of 10 free sites to discover new music. TuneGlue TuneGlue is straightforward and easy to use. Using TuneGlue, you start out with 6 similar artists, and can continue to explore and expand on them. Music-Map A less flashy alternative to TuneGlue is Music-Map. Music Roamer Bloson The simplest alternative to these first three websites is Bloson. Zune One Track Mind The Hype Machine TheSixtyOne OurStage PureVolume Image credit: Sofamonkez
A field guide We finished Irena's version 2.0 tree house this weekend. The kids and I have been working on it for 3 weekends, and this is as far as it's going to go this round. Along the way I came across several tree house videos that I would like to share (and store here) in case we ever go to version 3.0. Which is doubtful, because the "next level" in tree house architecture seems to get a lot more expensive and probably requires permits. Here is one amazing tree house from Wisconsin: A multi-level, multi-tree tree house with rope bridge and zip line: Another zip line: But this is the ultimate zipline, in Laos: A handicap-accessible tree house: This one deserves mention because this is the classic tree house, designed and built by a kid, apparently on his own, apparently out of scrap lumber scavenged from construction sites: Want to build your own tree house? This seems like cheating, but it is a nice-looking house: These are tree homes, really, rather than tree houses: Tree House Living (For Adults)
Have fun Treehouses are fantastically exciting places for children to play. They conjure up Just William like images of muddy boots, scraped knees, and shining happy faces of kids having countless adventures outdoors in the fresh air. However, the prospect of putting together your own treehouse can be quite daunting. But the rewards are well worth the effort, especially if you involve your child in the process. Building things together can be a real learning and bonding experience for you and your son or daughter, and it can create memories you’ll both treasure for a long time to come. A home made treehouse that your kids had a hand in creating will also hold far more value to them than a costly Wendy house that just appears one day in the back garden. Here’s my quick guide to building your own treehouse. Location, location, location The biggest challenge of building a treehouse is finding the right place to put it. Construction There are as many ways of building a tree house as there are trees.
5 Ways To Hack Your Brain Into Awesomeness Much of the brain is still mysterious to modern science, possibly because modern science itself is using brains to analyze it. There are probably secrets the brain simply doesn't want us to know. But by no means should that stop us from tinkering around in there, using somewhat questionable and possibly dangerous techniques to make our brains do what we want. We can't vouch for any of these, either their effectiveness or safety. All we can say is that they sound awesome, since apparently you can make your brain... #5. So you just picked up the night shift at your local McDonald's, you have class every morning at 8am and you have no idea how you're going to make it through the day without looking like a guy straight out of Dawn of the Dead, minus the blood... hopefully. "SLEEEEEEEEEP... uh... What if we told you there was a way to sleep for little more than two hours a day, and still feel more refreshed than taking a 12-hour siesta on a bed made entirely out of baby kitten fur? Holy Shit!
Guide 2 Whether it is for the children in ones life or simply an exercise in creative construction, building a tree house can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned do it yourselfer. The good news is that once some initial decisions are made, the remainder of the project is usually a snap. First and foremost is the choosing of the right tree, or trees. Once the location of the tree house has been determined, it can be a good idea to do some close up inspections for where the main floor supports are going to be installed. Other considerations for the choice in where to build deal with whether or not the building of the tree house should allow for unobstructed, natural growth of the tree, as well as providing some leeway for wind flow and overly breezy conditions which may prevail from time to time. Often times there are some architectural choices required when a tree presents limbs and large branches which the home owner would rather leave in place.
DIY Projects, Inspiration, How-tos, Hacks, Mods & More @ Makezine.com - Tweak Technology to Your Will by Ken Sharp April 25, 2005 Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) have become a necessary luxury over the last several years. Millions of people rely on these devices to pause and rewind live television, and to keep track of broadcast schedules and record programs for them. Several months ago, I finally became sufficiently jealous of the millions of DVR owners to motivate me to put a DVR in my own living room. I earn a living as a computer engineer, so I understand how long it can take to write custom software. Here's how I did it. You'll need: with at least 256MB of RAM (512MB is better), plenty of hard drive space, and a good video card. presumably from your existing home theater system). I used a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 card, $149 at hauppauge.com . I used BeyondTV, which was bundled with the Hauppauge card, but is available from SnapStream separately for $70 at snapstream.com . I already had an old copy of this from my video card, but it's $50 from intervideo.com . The basic sequence of steps is:
How to A treehouse is a place where you can give free rein to your individual creativity. But while there may be almost as many types of treehouses as there are types of trees, some general principles do apply when it comes to building a treehouse. (For creative examples of custom treehouses, see Treehouse Living: 4 Custom, Eco-friendly Options.) Before you begin your treehouse plans, check with your local planning authorities about whether there are any restrictions on building treehouses. Safety is vital during construction. First Steps First, you need to choose a tree and decide on a position within it for your treehouse. Consider whether you want your treehouse to be hidden or visible, and make sure it will not disturb other people. Choose a mature, healthy tree with no special protection orders on it that may affect pruning. Every tree is different, so let the tree be your guide. Building a Platform Floors and Roofs Once the platform is secure, you need to add the floor. Windows and Doors
HOW TO CHEAT AT EVERYTHING | More Intelligent Life - StumbleUpon Over lunch with Simon Lovell, a fascinating former card shark, Allison Schrager learns all sorts of things about how swindlers operate ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE "I can spot someone's weakness a mile away. In any room I can pick out the best target," says Simon Lovell, reformed con artist and famed magician, when asked over lunch about the root of his talents. "Take that woman over there." "Or that man over there, over-dressed, too neat, over-confident, thinks he is too smart to be taken." "But ultimately, anyone can be conned, if you have the balls to do it." Simon Lovell should know. Presently, instead of subjecting people to cons, Mr Lovell stars in a one-man off-Broadway show, "Strange and Unusual Hobbies". "I could sell shit at an anti-scat party," he says, "you have to figure out someone's wants and needs and convince them what you have will fill their emotional void." It requires avid study of psychology and body language. Con men tend to be excellent conversationalists.