Old Radio Detective Shows [New at Lone Iguana]

February 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been working on a new side project. The project, Old Radio Detective was originally a site that hosted old radio detective shows such as Sam Spade and others. I recently upgraded that site to WordPress and added a podcast. This is still very much a work in progress, but I would love feedback in the comments. Check out old radio detective shows, or subscribe to the ORD podcast feed or in iTunes.

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How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall [Survival]

February 25th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

OK, you’re falling out of an airplane, 35,000 feet up, scared out of your mind. Only one thing is occupying it right now, the instructions from an article in Popular Mechanics on how to survive a 35,000 foot fall.

Glass hurts, but it gives. So does grass. Haystacks and bushes have cushioned surprised-to-be-alive free-fallers. Trees aren’t bad, though they tend to skewer. Snow? Absolutely. Swamps? With their mucky, plant-covered surface, even more awesome. Hamilton documents one case of a sky diver who, upon total parachute failure, was saved by bouncing off high-tension wires. Contrary to popular belief, water is an awful choice. Like concrete, liquid doesn’t compress. Hitting the ocean is essentially the same as colliding with a sidewalk, Hamilton explains, except that pavement (perhaps unfortunately) won’t “open up and swallow your shattered body.”

With a target in mind, the next consideration is body position. To slow your descent, emulate a sky diver. Spread your arms and legs, present your chest to the ground, and arch your back and head upward. This adds friction and helps you maneuver. But don’t relax. This is not your landing pose.

Recommendation: wide-body impact. But a 1963 report by the Federal Aviation Agency argued that shifting into the classic sky diver’s landing stance—feet together, heels up, flexed knees and hips—best increases survivability. The same study noted that training in wrestling and acrobatics would help people survive falls.

How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall via Neatorama

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A Stunt Guru Takes You Through The Stunts [Stunts]

February 21st, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

In a Maxim article (May 2009) titled, Cool Stunt, Man!, stunt guru Darrin Prescott (photo is not of him), the man in charge of stunts for the Bourne trilogy and Spider-man 3, shows us the stuntman ropes.

How to take a punch

1. If a fist is flying toward your face, try to take the punch with your forehead, the body’s built-in battering ram.  It beats getting popped in the mouth or nose, and if you’re lucky, it may even break his hand.

2. Gut punch? Don’t hold your breath. Instead, try to relax your whole body and exhale as the blow hits your beer belly. […]

Parallel park… at 30 mph

1. Approach from the opposite direction, stomp the brakes, and pull the emergency brake making a quarter turn toward the space.

2.When you get to 90 degrees, release the emergency brake slightly and immediately reengage it. This will help you slide laterally into the space.

[…]

Fall from a roof

As soon as you begin to fall, spin around and pick your fall spot. Fall at a slightly forward-leaning angle so you can shoulder-roll as soon as the balls of your feet touch. If you’re a righty, roll right.

Light yourself on fire

1. Buy a CarbonX shirt ($85, stuntequipmentshop.com). The fire-resistant material will stop the hellish heat… sort of.

2. Over the CarbonX shirt, wear a natural-fiber shirt. “Fake fibers melt. Melting is bad on humans,” says Prescott. Good tip!

3. As it ignites on a candle, bolt to the shower. […]

Stay awake at work when you’re hung over

1. Eat protein, drink Gatorade, and, yes, take short walks (revving the old metabolism will boost your energy levels).

2. Resist naps with typeracer.com, where you challenge fellow cubicle monkey to typing races. You boss will think you’re working. […]

Bail out of a moving vehicle

1. […] First, roll down the window to lessen wind resistance when you swing the door open.

2. Dive out the open door, staying parallel to the ground. Do a quarter rotation in the air with your arms close to your body as your land on your shoulder and roll. […]

Here’s a bonus. In the same issue, this how-to was featured, with Mike Justus, the stunt double for Iron Man, showing you how to condition yourself to become a stuntman.

1. Prisoner Squat

With your hands behind your head, sit back at your hips and bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Then press though your heels back to a standing position. Do 30 reps.

2. Dumbbell Swing

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Grab a dumbbell with an overhand grip and swing between your legs as you bend at the knees. Swing it back up chest high, then back down. Pray your neighbors aren’t watching. Do 30 reps.

3. Swiss Ball Planks

Put your elbows on the ground and your shins on the top of a Swiss ball. Make your body rigid like you’re doing a push-up. Squeeze your abs. Hold this position for 60 seconds. Rest 60 seconds, weep quietly, and repeat!

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Nigerian 419 Scammer Interview [Scams]

February 17th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Scammers are known far and wide for being persistent, annoying and good at their job. In a recent interview with a reformed scammer, we learn about the life of a scammer. One interesting bit in the interview was how the scam system worked:

At the bottom are the “foot soldiers”, kids who spend all of their time online to find email addresses and send out the first emails to get people interested. When they receive a reply, the victim is passed up the chain, to someone who has better English to get copies of ID from them like copies of their passport and driving licenses and build up trust. Then when they are ready to ask for money, they are passed further up again to someone who will pretend to be a barrister or shipping agent who will tell the victim that they need to pay charges or even a bribe to get the big cash amount out of the country. When they pay up, the gang master will collect the money from the Western Union office, using fake ID that they have taken from other scam victims.

Interview with a Nigerian 419 scammer: Part one, Part two, Part three via Boing Boing

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Privacy: Don’t Show All of Your Cards to Survive [Guest Post]

February 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Post by John from Destiny Survival

I’m from the old school. I’m a middle aged man from a rural
background, who’s been around for some time before the Internet,
blogging, Twitter, ad nauseam. People today have no sense of what it
means to keep things private. For example, teens don’t have the sense
to know how serious sexting is. Not until they’re fined or jailed will
they get a clue.

But why fine or jail them? Everything else is out in the open, isn’t
it? What’s the big deal?

Sorry, but I don’t operate that way.

Now, to tell you just a little about my own prepping. I do have a
couple of water filtration devices because water’s extremely
important. We’ve got a little storage food set by, but not nearly
enough. Can there ever be? If a mouth breathing knuckle dragger comes
down my driveway, he’ll be met with an unfriendly welcome, and that’s
all I’ll say about that.

So if you’re disappointed in me for not disclosing all, I know it’s
tough, but you’ll get over it.

I write regularly about survival and prepping at Destiny Survival, where some of it is based on my
own experience and some is frankly intended to get you to buy things
you need for your own prepping. But even there I don’t tell all.

I’m a firm believer in the importance of having a survival mindset.
Your best survival tool lies between your ears. Thankfully, nobody can
ever know everything you’re equipped with up there.

My advice to you? Be a prepper for your own good. Keep your mouth
shut and don’t use your keyboard to blab about what you’re doing.

You’re sure to invite trouble one of these days if you spill your guts
to the whole world… and don’t think they’re not watching.

[Editor’s note: This article has been edited down for Lone Iguana. Opinions from guest writers may not reflect the opinions of Lone Iguana. Be sure to read the complete article at Destiny Survival.]

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Run Barefoot for Efficiency [Run]

February 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

On the run? Running from something? Need to be able to run fast? Wearing shoes? The latest research shows that running barefoot, and practicing running barefoot strengthens different muscles and is better for you.

Scientists have found that those who run barefoot, or in minimal footwear, tend to avoid “heel-striking,” and instead land on the ball of the foot or the middle of the foot. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.

Barefoot Running: How Humans Ran Comfortably and Safely Before the Invention of Shoes via Lifehacker

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6 Ways You Can Eat Like an Olympian [Food]

February 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Olympians have always been known for being incredibly fit and athletic. Part is their body, but another part is what they eat. Want to eat like the great athletes? Read on.

Grab a Banana

Athletes know that fruits are an essential part of their diet. The banana is THE fruit that every athlete knows is essential to their diet.

6 Ways You Can Eat Like an Olympian

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Listen to Police, Fire and EMS Scanners and More [Link Roundup]

February 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been collecting a bunch of links for a while, and rather than have a post on each one, I thought I’d just let you enjoy them all.

Live Police, Fire, and EMS Scanners
A Pocket Detective for Daters
TRAKR RC Car Lets You Spy With the Power of Apps
Crack a Wi-Fi Network’s WEP Password with BackTrack, the Fancy Video Version
How Does the Body Defend Against Diseases?
Remote-Start Your Car with a $10 Cellphone
What Makes a Great Teacher?
Top 10 Mind Hacks for Making Your Resolutions Stick
How to Open a Locked Interior Door When You’ve Lost the Key
Electronic Key Impressioner Could Make Car Thieves Very Happy
What To Do if Your Vehicle’s Accelerator is Stuck
Disaster Preparation & Survival
Pilot Recalls Daring Turnpike Landing
This ‘Tactical’ Wallet Does a Lot More Than Hold Credit Cards

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Monitor Your Home for Free via Webcam [Downloads]

February 13th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

The great thing about having a computer is that you have so many tools available to you. While some you may not know how to take advantage of, (hacking into someone’s computer, creating botnets, etc), there are some you can. How about using your computer’s webcam to monitor what is happening in your house, perhaps making sure your dog walker is doing their job? Ordinary people might just take a regular old video, use Skype or something else. But a much easier option is to use Vitamin D, a program that identifies moving subjects to create a highlight video of all the activity occuring in your home.

Vitamin D via Lifehacker

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Snag Stuff With a Whip [Keeping Up With The Indiana Joneses]

February 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Indiana Jones is one of the coolest action heroes of all time. One of his favorite gadgets is his trusty whip, which he uses to snag almost anything helpful. Thanks to Wired, your about to know how to do what he does best.

There are few tools that can break the sound barrier while fetching the TV remote. But throw a whip right and its tip can travel 900 mph (producing a sonic boom), then curl back to snare the object of your desire. Anthony De Longis, who coached Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, shows us how to lash out.

Snag Stuff With a Whip

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