- Building with Awareness This covers the construction of a photovoltaic-powered, passive-solar hybrid home from adobe and straw-bale complete with radiant heated floors and rain water cistern. The architect/owner Ted Owens spent years building this house himself and shows you the drama of taking on such a project on your own. Although I don't build with these materials, this video did a good job of preparing me for the kind of dedication it takes to build alternative structures.
- Veg My Ride Upbeat and perhaps a little too over-simplified, this one shows how easy it can be to convert diesels to run on waste vegetable oil. The video was convincing enough for me to take on a veggie conversion of my own, which has worked for thousands of miles, but not without complications. (More on my car to come.)
- MIG Welding On topics like welding I actually prefer the video as opposed to taking workshops or learning from friends. I find that friends (or at least my friends) skip all of the safety information and workshops don't allow you to really see the weld beads as they are going down. It also helps to see a clean, high-functioning metal workshop with all the commonly used tools like chop saws and angle grinders. Even the little tips where they temporarily tack down a project to a steel table or make a small jig can be invaluable.
- Lockpicking One word: terrifying. Especially the scene where he picks the lock of the hotel room door then continues to remove the safety catch and put it back on his way out. This covers how to break into pretty much anything with a lock and make your own keys. If you can make it past the first 30 minutes, you will be a dangerous man.
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