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The conspiracy to make us consume.

Sometimes conspiracy theories turn out not to be theories at all. In this fascinating video, we are shown the common practice of intentionally baking a self-destruction date (known in the business as planned obsolescence) into the things we buy. The conspiracy is to make inferior products and then ensure that it is difficult or impossible […]

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Travel tip: pack the nocs.

I remember travelling as a kid and watching with envy if I noticed any adults around me carried a set of binoculars. Black or army surplus green chipped metal. Often carried in rigid leather shoulder satchels. It seemed a far more common occurrence than is generally seen today. These days, it’s all about the photograph. […]

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One simple trick to prevent cross-threading any screw.

Just this morning I was tightening up a small screw on some electronics components (our house security system). In my hurry to finish the job so I could go and get a coffee, I ended up jamming the screw. So I forced it (because that will fix it right?). Totally cross-threading the whole thing into […]

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Travel App: WikiCamps.

It is quite possibly the most utilised campsite app in Australia. And whilst not perfect, it is pretty darn good. WikiCamps Australia (there are now also versions for New Zealand, Canada, USA and the UK) provides a crowdsourced database of caravan parks, campgrounds, dump stations and other points of interest for both paid and free […]

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Google Maps. It’s a trust thing.

There is no denying it. Online maps such as Google have totally changed the way we travel. Be it on foot, rickshaw or in a motorhome, billions of people rely on it every day. Typing your destination into the Google Maps search bar has become just as much a part of travel routine as putting […]

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