Little fun things you can do to motivate yourselves

Submitted by Raven in lobby

These stuff are for the anti-works and workaholics alike, yet fairly helpful to the world around you. They doesn't take times nor much space, however they are as fun as any other craft hobbies suggested by the society, that is unfortunately useless.

Remember that all these hobbies are practically, on-the-go and run-on-mill, you only do them when you have time or just happen to see them. There is no forced process or lengthily and boring instructions.

1. Pen collecting and fixing.

If you are germphobic, wear gloves of your choice. I often stroll around colleges, civic centres and libraries, while piggyback off their free wifi, looking for dropped stuff like pens and pencils. Often many of these are intact stuff and/or new. Some of these pens can even be resold due to their price value.

How to fix a pen: The first step is to test it if could be written. If not, open up the tube ink, by twisting the head or middle part counter-clockwise. If the tube is full but still couldn't write, you can do this: get a lighter and hover the fire at the tail of the ink tube for 1 second, do not let the flame touch or burn the tube, then quickly hover the flame at the tip of the pen ball for another second. Now test it. If the stroke is weak, what you can do more is to flick the pen couple times. It will work. Repeat until you satisfy with the work. To clean a pen, use alcoholic pads to or wet wipe to clean them.

All these can be done in 30 seconds or less. Remember that many pen's parts can be swapped, so have fun experimenting with them. :) What do you do with an abundance of pens? You sell the expensive ones, donate or keep the rest. I often include these collected pens to clothes donated to shelters. Which takes us to the next craft.

2. Gloves and Hats collecting

Also could be found in bourgie places like colleges and libraries. Or on public transit. For the last 2 months, I've collected over 50 pairs of gloves and dozens of torques and caps alike. Many of these also can be resold, however I kept them, donated some to friends, because I plan to give them to shelter in a week. Many gloves are slight different because they always come in one and rarely a pair, however some gloves are so generic that you could just match them lol.

3. Stealing food orders

This one takes some skill, however once you get hold of it this works like a charm. At McDick, I wait until lunch time when things get very chaotic, what I do is to dumpster dive trash can in previous hours or days for receipts.

Here is the rule of play: McDick order numbers have rotational, the rule sets are often the same with 3 nums, so for combo its 2xx, for single order or non-combo it's 1xx, the other num you will see are 4xx and 3xx, which also combos, for large orders it's 4 characters, 3 numbers with a letter, I suspected it's hexadecimal. something like 18A6. Although there are first and last for these numbers, however they will repeat once the order sets are through, meaning that you can take the receipts from previous days and dupe it as the current ones. McDick never check date of the receipts, workers only focused on the order number, and usually they sweep their eyes to check order number once, so this open to new possibility of duping near similar num, or just tape the missing one over it. The worker who give you the order will always be a different one than the worker who take people's order.

I'm vegan so I only steal them to give to some homeless ladies in the McDick. And the rule of play is only in busy times. Don't repeat this at the same hour or even day, get someone else to do it, and don't get caught, if you did, run and don't come back for sometime. You know how shoplifting works, same rule.

I haven't tried this with other food places, I choose McDick cuz it doesn't take times.

4. Bike stealing

In contradicted to general belief, stealing bikes doesn't take skill. There are two types of locks you often see cyclists have, The flexible chain one, can be defeated by a bolt cutter in 1 minute. Laid the bike flat or near-flat depend on how it was locked, get one of those handy 8-inches bolt cutter that you can fit in the bag, put on the weakest part of the chain, mark it and adjust the cutter to be steady, then what you do next is put the bottom handle on the ground, make sure straight up, and get your leg to step on the top handle. Remember the old physic lesson of F = MA, mass and acceleration delivers force. So step on it quickly, yet accurate while putting all your weight on top. You will then hear a clunk and the chain is detached.

Of course, if you can afford an electric bolt cutter, get or steal one so you don't have to do those shit above.

The second type is u-lock, which seemingly complicated, however there is one trick that most people didn't realize, that you can bump it. Key bumping is usually shunned among lockpickers cuz it's cheating, and repeated bumping a lock will dislocate the pins inside and damage it. However, who the fuck need that lock once you get the bike? And first or second bump will get the lock open.

I mean, you can cut your own bump keys if you are a technical masochist like me, but on eBay they sell $30 bucks for 10 different keys with bump rings and hammer. How to bump: fit the bump ring into the key, make sure it fit all the way at the end, way over the key. Insert the key into the lock, what you do next is a harmony of actions. Use force but not too much with the bump hammer at the rear end of the key, as soon as hammer 'bumped' the key, quickly turn the key to unlock it. Often it takes 1-2 tries before unlock for newbie, so practice with dummy locks, but with proficient user, key bumping takes less than 15 seconds.

Have a buddy to watch out for you, or just do it at night. And watch your six, don't get caught, wear gloves! If things gone shit, escape!

5. Repairing and upgrading old electronics

While those two shits above are adventurous, this one is for the anti-works who like non-risk hobbies that are equally adventurous. Remember the pen fixing stuff? This one is similar but fun.

If you get them fixed, you can either use it, donate it, or just resell ;)

To prepare, duty gloves that you can handle shit with, dust mask, safety glasses and hard hat with head lamp. Get a visor vest and/or tool bag to blend in. You'll need the tool bag anyway, stuff to put in: screwdriver with assorted removable heads (make sure to have a mini set for electronic screw like M8), hex keys, wrench sockets, mini crowbar, prying tool for phone/laptop, bolt cutter and/or a Leatherman, non-contact voltage tester and circuit tester. Dress like a constructor or garbage collector. If you have friends, that's great mutual aid, if not steal a shopping cart so you can load shit on it. Get a waterproof tarp, to cover the stuff in case it rains, and most importantly to avoid the leery eyes of normies.

Where do you get your supplies? Dumpsters behind general stores and sometime electronics one. General stores often do not recycle their electronic shit cuz they don't have the budget for trashing e-wastes with fake government laws (they pay megacorp to ship 'recycles' to China/Africa to poison poor people), so those often ending up at local landfill. Electronic stuff are intriguing to mess with, if they look broken, it doesn't mean everything is broken, many part can be salvaged and reuse. Useful stuff you can find: media player, headphones, speakers, radio, monitor, socket, hard drive, phone, laptop, desktop, TV, etc...

Know the rules of diagnosing electronic/electric shit. If it wet and/or dirt or chem over it for most part, it means your chance of salvaging it will be significant lower. Know the product's value. Says, it's a PS4 with some shit covered, it worth more than trying to salvage than a radio. If it looks broken doesn't mean it is. Electronic shit are often built with sturdy cases and most parts still can be salvaged. TV with broken screens often have all other parts intact, and screen can be replaced for under $100, meaning that an LCD or LED with replaced screen can be resold for over $500, that's enough to feed me for this month.

Your bible to disassembling and swapping parts is, your local Geek Squad scamming cuck fucks that charged your grandmother $500 to fix her $200 PC, and a laptop thief strolling in libraries for unattended Macbook, both go to There are step by step instructions for anything on that website. Anything.

Parts to salvage:

Hard drives: they are most valuable because you can resell for good prices, and most folks do not wipe the drives before dumping them, or simple format it over. So with forensic tools you can recover data and steal/stalk those info for little effort. Get Kali Linux burn it to a USB, fire up a PC with Kali boot in, get a SATA/IDE to USB or just a drive docker for $20, put the drive on, plug the drive in, wait for fdisk to recognize the device (to check, type fdisk -l). And follow these two tutorials, one and two. One more thing, SSD (solid state drive) have no moving parts so they are de facto shockproof, you can keep them to upgrade devices cuz SSD can speed up any device significantly, and greatly upgrade the resell value of those.

RAM, PCI (VGA/Sound/Network) and Mobo: RAM is cheap shit, however they are still have resell values in grey market. Anything from DDR2 and above have market price of $50 or more for a pair. Mobo is a little more valuable, even first and second generation shit still can be resell on Craigslist, Ebay, Lego or Kijiji for $30 or more. I recently listed salvaged part from a 20 yrs old desktop on Kijiji, and within 2 hours of listing somebody replied.

Optic/Media drive: strangely enough, these still have resell value. CD/DVD drive players go for $30 to $50 while Blu ray can be sold for as much as $100.

Have fun with these. ;)


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NeoliberalismKills wrote

When stealing bikes how do you know you're not ripping off a fellow prole?


Raven OP wrote

Expensive bikes are $700 and above, you'll know one when you see it. Average cyclists own used bikes for less than $200. Cyclists like to wrenchmonkeying their own bikes and their are very simple looking, old or badly painted.


transtifa wrote

Mehhhhh plenty of cyclists save quite a while for a good bike, it's a legitimate hobby more than an egregious display of wealth, still don't know if stealing from random people is something I can get behind :/


Raven OP wrote

I thought about not suggesting it, though bike stealing is an easy way to make quick bucks. When you gotta hustle there isn't many options.


transtifa wrote

These seem fun for the most part but like... Stealing people's bikes seems kind of shit :(


conseil wrote

Yeah, I've gotta agree. I got my bike stolen, couldn't afford a new one for a while. Really fucking sucked walking everywhere.


Raven OP wrote

I'm sorry for your loss. Stealing bikes suck tho