Mike Dariano


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17 uses for old yogurt containers

Do you have these old yogurt containers around? We have them a plenty. Uncle Dan has them by the hundred. Unfortunately, most centers won't recycle plastic number 5. It's like the U2 Rattle and Hum album. As a teen when I visited the used CD store in our city there was always, always, a copy there. Even after I bought one for myself and one for a girlfriend they still had copies. It's a decent set of songs but not one anyone appreciates. Just like old yogurt containers. Here are 17 ideas for what to do with old yogurt containers.

The beauty of this system is that you can use any container you have a lot of and the more you have the better your system will look. You'll have consistent container sizes and when you arrange and label. The system will serve you a long time, as long as plastic number 5.

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How to Build the Smallest World Class Camera System

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I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.

It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.

I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.

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