Into Greenland Paddling? It’s Time to Add Kiviak to your Diet Wednesday, 15 February 2012
I would like to introduce you to Kiviak, a traditional winter foodstuff consumed by Greenlandic Inuits. It’s made from a seal carcass stuffed with fermented birds. From Gizmodo: Kiviak is relatively simply to make. First, collect approximately 400 Auks. Then, stuff them-beaks, feathers, feet, and all-into the hollowed-out body cavity of a seal, Tauntaun-style. Next, press out as much air as possible from the carcass and seal it with seal grease to prevent spoilage. Finally cover the meat bag with a large rock pile for approximately 3-18 months. During this time, the Auks ferment within the seal until they can be eaten-raw. Thanks to a layer of fat within the seal sack, the Auks soften while they ferment allowing every part of the bird-save feathers-to be consumed. If you are into traditional Greenland kayaking it’s time to step it up a notch and make sure Kiviak is on the menu at the next Greenland paddling symposium. Image Credit: Inga Sørensen
Motorcycle with a Canoe Sidecar [Vintage Photography] Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Check out this old photo of a motorcycle sidecar with a quick-detachable canoe. I can’t believe that the side car was an actual commercial item available in 1927-1927. You can see more unusual canoe sidecars on the always entertaining Paddle Making blog.
This Canoe/Power Shovel Hybrid is 360 Degrees of Non-Practical Awesomeness Tuesday, 12 July 2011
These two videos show that with enough time your do-it-yourself neighbour can come up with anything. To be honest I have no idea how this is helpful to the river clean-up it was apparently built for but I will be honest with you, I would be the first to sign-up to sit in that chair and just spin around while everybody else does the work paddling. According to the video description it also shoots water balloons though I’m disappointed that there is no video for that. The video below shows how well thought out it is including an articulated boom arm and a rope to tip out the garbage when the bucket is full.
New Official Method of Artificial Respiration Unveiled [History Lesson] Tuesday, 20 April 2010
If you were a regular subscriber to Popular Science in 1952 you would probably be all excited to read about the brand new method of artificial respiration that has just been approved by the US Armed Forces, Red Cross, Bureau of Mines and the Boy Scouts. This new method is so revolutionarily that they have decided to train 20,000,000 Americans later this summer.As you can see by the photos below it’s a touch different then what we do today.To help you stay current, here are the proper steps as developed by Dr. Holger Nielson: