Homemade Water Filtration System

Water Filters from here amzn.to /aX3SnfI decided to embark on a smaller-scale project, but one that could have the most profound impact on the lives of my family should disaster strike. We as humans can’t live long without water, and we can’t stay healthy without clean water. Luckily, where I live, we have ready access to various sources of water…

Lifetime Reintroduces the game of Tetherball

So I’ve been in a bit of a Napoleon Dynamite mood lately. One of the parts I liked about the movie was the tetherball scenes. It’s the playground game that I grew up with, and lost a lot because I wasn’t as tall as the other kids. You see, in tetherball the ball is attached to the top of a…

Frugal Tip: Drink Water instead of Caffeine

Sorry it’s been a while since my last Frugal Tip. Inspiration, it seems, comes in spurts. Today’s tip deviates from my traditional tips in that I haven’t yet implemented this time (I have all the others). What is Caffeine? Information via Wikipedia: Caffeine… Caffeine was discovered by a German chemist, Friedrich Ferdinand Runge, in 1819, and is a bitter, white…

Bryan Cardall Tasing Death Audio Files Released

SittingDuckPolicy.com has published the 911 and on-scene recordings of the Bryan Cardall tasing. Although this is tragic, and police arguably reacted properly, the question of tasers as a “less than lethal” weapon has cropped up yet again. Take a listen and comment with your opinions.

How to not catch the flu (part two)

No, I didn’t intend for the title to rhyme. Sorry. Before you read this, make sure you read the disclaimer on the “part one”, it applies to this post, too. Picking up where we left off, here are some more things you can do to help stay healthy. Antimicrobial “stuff” Camphor, Eucalyptus, and Thieves oils all have antiviral and/or antimicrobial…

WHO raises flu pandemic to highest level, what can you do to fight the Swine Flu? (part one)

According to MSNBC, H1N1 (also known as the Swine Flu) is the “First global epidemic in 41 years”. Ironically, WHO “officials urge nations not to restrict travel”. This isn’t an article about how dangerous H1N1 is (or is not). It’s not a “everyone should panic” article either. This article falls right in line with what I’ve been preaching for as…

Experiments with Homemade Wheat Gluten

Gluten is a vegetarian alternative to meat. When prepared and seasoned correctly it can be almost indistinguishable from hamburger, ribs, chicken strips or chicken nuggets, or sausage. My buddy recently wrote an article on how to make wheat gluten at home. My wife had just ground some hard white wheat earlier in the day, and I decided to see what…

Ammo Scarcity

Ever since Obama took office there has been a run on ammunition, specifically popular civilian carry ammo such as 9mm and .45 ACP. I typically buy my ammo from CheaperThanDirt.com and SportsmansGuide.com. I’ve never had a problem getting any brand of ammo from either sites… until Obama won the election. Today both sites are almost always sold-out. Even when you…

Got (too much) Light?

When we think about lighting we usually think about energy efficiency and lumens but we don’t take much time to think about light pollution. Light pollution is the side-effect of artificial lighting, and is responsible for any number of things including screwing up migratory patterns of birds and insects, loss of “a good night’s sleep” for many people, and has…

Solicitation for Products/Services for Review

If you are a manufacturer or reseller of high-tech and/or green/environmentally friendly products I would like to review products for you! I will fully disclose in my review whether or not you’re providing the product/service for “evaluation only” or “for keeps” and will not hold back praise and/or constructive criticism, as warranted by that which I’m reviewing. Things I’d like…

Separation of Topics

I’m trying to separate my articles by placing them on the site that they’re most applicable. Hopefully this will help each site be more relative to its visiting audience. This means my posts will be split between (presently) three sites: www.JoeLevi.com: “Greener Living through Technology,” local involvement/activism, self-defense, and self-reliance. Natalie.JoeLevi.com: personal and family stuff, Asperger’s Disorder/Asperger’s Syndrome, parenting, raising…

Not Hyper enough to be a HyperDriver? Try EcoDriving!

Those of you that have been following my blog for any reasonable amount of time know that I have more than a passing interest in the American Native (or is that Native American?) tenet of living with nature and treating her with respect. I try and apply this philosophy in every aspect of my life, from what I buy at…