After seeing videos on YouTube and having my own experience with dying military surplus thought I’d make a video about it. iDye Poly Kelly was used for this experiment if you’re looking for a source. Hope this helps others decide to dye or not. -13
This Preparedness – Prepper – Hiker Vacuum Sealer Tip may get you arrested. Sensational title but true. Those of us who take multiple pills whether they’re prescription medications or supplements often use those multi-dose/day pill containers. Doing so could get you arrested, maybe prosecuted. Prescription medications are supposed to remain in their original container according to the law as I understand it.
There are all sorts of possibilities which is why the only advise I ever give anyone is, seek the advise of legal counsel and medical professionals before you do whatever it is you’re up to.
I made these pill packs originally for backpacking/hiking trips and as a way to carry a small amount of vital medications on my person at all times. Ever miss your ibuprofen, antihistamine or whatever because you didn’t have it with you? Yeah me too but no longer. Plus it helps save money buying in bulk and having to not throw out medications stored improperly.
I make up a new pack/s every time I have to open bulk meds. Usually fill one or two of the individual pouches and then put the rest in a larger pouch for long-term storage. I always include the name of the drug/supplement, type/concentration, lot number and expiration date. I never separate this information from anything I place in these pouches until I’d consumed the contents. It’s very important to keep them together.
Things I find helpful to have on hand, a red sharpie makes it easier for me to see the marks so I can line them up with the heat sealer portion of the vacuum sealer. A funnel helps with precise placement of the pills. I have a short extension of soft plastic tubing but couldn’t find it for the video. It’s good for reaching to the deepest part of the pouch when trying to get pills that want to grab the pouch material instead of slide.
To make the pill packs I use an 11″ vacuum sealer roll like the rolls in this link. 2 Pack – SimpleHouseware 11″ x 50′ Commercial Vacuum Sealer Rolls Food Storage Saver Compatible to Foodsaver Sous Vide (total 100 feet) To make the template I used microsoft publisher then converted it into a downloadable PDF file located here. PILL PACK DIVIDER INDIVIDUAL DOSE TEMPLATE When looking at the template the top and bottom two boxes are larger than the center boxes. They’re larger to account for the various size factory sealed edges.
I laminated my second printing for durability because the first one was getting beat up from use, and also added a grommet to hang up or bind with other similar items.
Expired meds shown in the video are kept past their expiration date if preserved correctly following the DoD Shelf Life Extension Program. I would include a link but the government has removed them. Not sure how you’ll get that info now I don’t have anything to share at the time of this posting. Research it maybe you’ll find something.
Everything else I think, is in the video. Check it out. -13
I can hardly believe the numbers. I’ve been messing around over at YouTube getting things in order over there, trying to understand things better and clicked on the wrong button. It went to the first page of my videos. When I was checking out the views on the videos listed I couldn’t believe how many views my compost sifter had. It’s really exciting to see that there are many people interested in composting and possibliy organic gardening. Really hope my video inspires and lifts people up. -13
Monetizing My YouTube videos. It didn’t take long soon after I had posted my first video Organic gardening, my homemade compost sifter experience. to make the choice. Over the years I’ve learned that uploads/downloads can get corrupted. That said I checked my newly uploaded at the time non-monetized video on YouTube and the very first thing I watched was an advertisement. I cannot remember what the ad was for but remember it was short maybe 15 seconds, 30 max. Didn’t think anything of it.
Several months went by and it suddenly dawns on me when I was checking out some of my favorite YouTube channels through Apple TV that I could also see what my own creations look like on a larger screen. Hello! I think that is called a, clue! Why didn’t I think of it before? Excited at this “new” discovery I quickly navigated over to my content, pushed play. Commercial advertisement. If I remember correctly it was an AARP ad that lasted a minute but I could be wrong on who but am sure the ad lasted a minute because it had a countdown timer which surprised me.
Forward in time, not sure how long. I’m learning more about YouTube video making and am considering using the YouTube video editor instead of iMovie. I opened the video editor and noticed something printed on the screen. It says “Advertisements may be displayed on videos that use content available through the YouTube Video Editor”.
That made me think about the ads running along with content creators non-monetized videos. If I as a creator, use the YouTube editor, YouTube is at liberty to use my intellectual property to sale advertisements to potential customers and I would not receive any compensation for that use. When I look at like that, I realize, I’ve donated my time, creativity and energy for a for profit corporation to make a little, profit. I have no problems with the profit part, however when looking at my budget though, it doesn’t add up.
I started posting videos to YouTube for several reasons. One of then is to capture certain parts of life on film either still or video and share it with others so they can experience it. I’m not a pro, not into the pro gear it’s too much to deal with, I always use the most low-budget cameras and equipment available to me at any given time. Consider me a professional-amateur. It’s about the story or image not the quality of equipment. My point? No matter how low-budget one does a video-photo project there are expenses involved.
Back to the budget. One never knows in this life how much funding they will need for the present, future or unexpected. Having monetary income from various sources is the only course of action I can see that will ensure an individuals successful future. It’s a case of “never put all of your eggs in one basket”. The Humpty-Dumpty Future Plan? Better off skipping that one I’ve tried it, it doesn’t work. Back to the point.
When I had posted my first video I had already set up an Amazon affiliate store. My thinking at the time was that if I could make a little bit from that to help pay for my project expenses then the better. The thing that made me decide for sure to do it was that Amazon stated on their website that it did not raise the price on the consumer. That sounds like a good deal for everyone. The YouTube viewer gets to watch something they have an interest in without a paid membership from thousands of contributors, Amazon makes a sale and I would get a little bit for my projects.
Everyone wins! The way I see it. To the present. AdSense. AdWords. All the other stuff I can’t remember. I’m not going to explain them because I’m not capable. I do know the smart money is; monetizing the videos posted because if you read the fine print in almost any of the social media outlets permission is given to use that material however they want to. They have a big money pie and it would be stupid of me to not have a little slice of prosperity myself when they’re using my intellectual-property-ingredient to make it.
My videos are available in the United States, I’m not sure what other countries they may run in. They are usually available if they do not violate any of the various morality laws or standards. That means just one video has the potential to reach millions of people worldwide, simultaneously. Wrap your mind around that for a moment. Amazing!
For the present and into the future I’ll make videos like I usually do. Whenever something inspires me to make one. Can’t wait to see how the monetization works out. -13
This goofy video was totally inspired by the Jingle track playing with the video. When I was making a longer version of a video with the same topic I was searching through iMovie’s sound library for a little intro sound. As I was listening to the tune this video idea popped into my head. I thought it would be cool to try to communicate similar information in the 36 seconds it takes the tune to play without a voice speaking over the track.
I went back to my improvised shop set up in the living room and recorded this in about 15 minutes and spent about an hour editing. It’s kind of silly and dumb and totally low-budget but I actually like it and it was fun from beginning to end to make. Have fun hope you enjoy it. -13
Several years ago I packaged an emergency kit in vacuum sealer packaging. Tested it, and was completely shocked to discover how tough the packaging is and how difficult it can be to open without using some other instrument or object. Attempting to open one of them by hand-only proved impossible to do without assistance. It also made me realize how important and useful the tear-notch on freeze dried meals made for backpacking could be.
An individual, with an injured hand and/or dentures/front dental work would be at risk for not being able to open the package without assistance from an object or the tear-notch. With a tear-notch it may be possible place part of the package underfoot and tear with the uninjured hand. I know this for sure, I cannot do it without the tear-notch.
The first experiments with nothing more than a simple straight cut with the scissors worked fairly well. I noticed though when I decided to cut a “V” shape into the margin on the packaging that it was easier to open and the tear didn’t seen to veer off like the single cut did. Sometimes when I was testing the single cut way the tear would not always follow into and open the package, it would follow the margin and made it just as difficult to open.
I like the V cut over the single cut because it is more visible and easier to use. There are a few things I don’t like about the V cut. First it takes two cuts to make, that is a lot of cutting when making multiple packages and more than one tear-notch for each package. The cut must be more accurate to ensure that the two cuts meet at the V point, if they don’t it may create another more difficult package to open. It works great but it’s much more time consuming and requires a certain degree of accuracy unlike the single cut.
Not happy with either of those things I searched for another more efficient way to make those notches. I was trying to think of what to search for online when I remembered something I had seen in a sewing supply catalog I had but couldn’t remember what it was. Lucky me I had kept the catalog and found it. The item is a pattern notcher.
A, Style-45N, 1/16″ x 1/4″ Pattern Notcher. Turns out it works perfectly for this purpose. It cuts the perfect notch for getting the package open plus all one needs to do is put the margin edge of the packaging into the notcher until it stops then close the notcher with your hand and done! Wow what a really fantastic solution! I can quickly and accurately place the notch and make the cut in seconds then move onto the next pressing homesteading project.
I made a short video about my experience and demonstrate the way that “Works for me”. Hope you find this information useful. -13