Tips 16

My last two digital cameras have “interval” shooting capability. Since starting to use it, I have found a myriad of everyday uses. Here, in no particular order, are some. (1) made a 100 shot slide show of 800 miles from Tucson to Los Angeles by building a little headrest rig for the camera, (2) set up the camera for a friend, so she could review her new dog’s settling in her house (great fun!!), and (3) recorded voltage levels over an extended period by photographing a multimeter readout, looking for spikes.

– AK

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A dental pick has a strong, very thin, sharp wire on a comfortable handle which is great for reaching inside places where nothing else can enter. It can be used for removing dust bunnies, retrieving nuts and bolts dropped inside the mechanism, removing the insides of nature specimens, ca…a…a…refully removing a paint spot in the wrong place.

– Alfred

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A dental pick has a strong, very thin, sharp wire on a comfortable handle which is great for reaching inside places where nothing else can enter. It can be used for removing dust bunnies, retrieving nuts and bolts dropped inside the mechanism, removing the insides of nature specimens, ca…a…a…refully removing a paint spot in the wrong place.

– Alfred

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Other ways to stabilize a bike so that it is less likely to fall over are to tie the front wheel and the downtube together. It can be a piece of string, a shoelace, a strip of “velcro”, a large rubber band (with the ends hooked over the “bosses” on the downtube). The effect is twofold, first, to keep the front wheel inline so that the fork and front wheel don’t pivot and let the bike fall over, and secondly, just to keep the bike from rolling forward or backward.

– John Fears

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As a sea kayak guide, I need to be able to illustrate ideas to people and point things out. But I often work in the high arctic, there are no trees and even no sticks or driftwood. I use my extra light tent pole section as a pointer and general sand diagram maker. The other guides I work with think I am looney bringing this thing with me up north, especially with the very strict weight limits on a twin otter. Still, I use the thing all the time and have even started to bring it on trips that I do where there are trees!

– Charlie van Straubenzee