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An excellent summary on disaster preparedness

An excellent summary on disaster preparedness

One of the benefits to running WordPress is that I can easily see what other sites link to Gibberish articles. Usually incoming links are related to articles I’ve posted recently. However, sometimes folks stumble upon an older link, such as my article on “burn-o-balls,” the cotton balls I made that were dipped in petroleum jelly. […]

Building a personal emergency bag

Building a personal emergency bag

Be prepared! When I mention “preparedness” to my friends, they initially ask, “are you planning on the end of the world?” You don’t have to wait for the end of the world to be prepared. There are plenty of reasons to have an emergency bag prepared just in case you need to exit your home […]

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The economics of fuel economy

The economics of fuel economy

My daily commute — about sixty miles — plus my entry about the Smart car yesterday led me to thinking about fuel prices and how they impact my bottom line. Gas going to four dollars a gallon doesn’t make a real difference in my commuting. certainly not to the point where I would move closer […]

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Waste conservation for lazy people.

Waste conservation for lazy people.

I loved living in southern Oregon. The weather was perfect for me, the way of life was slower without seeming backwater (unlike the South), and it symbolized a big tipping point in my career in Web junk. It also started my path towards self-sufficiency, and was a good cultural setting to learn about the three […]

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Jalopnik’s Top Ten Post-Apocalyptic Vehicles

Jalopnik’s Top Ten Post-Apocalyptic Vehicles

Thanks to Father for sending along Jalopnik’s top ten post-apocalyptic vehicles. The article has some pretty wild vehicles on there, most notably the bullet-shaped Dobbertin Surface Orbiter. I’d easily pick the Volvo C303 and the SportsMobile van over any of the other vehicles in the article. I was surprised that the Land Rover Defender wasn’t […]

Please, Hammer, don’t yurt ’em

Please, Hammer, don’t yurt ’em

It probably seems odd that a guy who loves buying stuff so much wants to eventually move as far off-grid as possible, but it’s true. If I had a hojillion dollars I’d refinish a retired nuclear missile silo and make room for my bestest friends in case the Avian flu comes a-callin’ behind the wheel […]

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North Point Crank-powered LED Emergency Lantern Review

North Point Crank-powered LED Emergency Lantern Review

Sometimes you just have to see WTF is going on. There’s been a wind storm, you forgot to test your Maglite ahead of time, and now you’re in the dark with your woman. Normally this would be awesome, but you’re right in the middle of Ticket to Ride and you’re about to win. What do […]

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First human-to-human H5N1 (Avian Flu) death?

First human-to-human H5N1 (Avian Flu) death?

The BBC is reporting that a Chinese man whose son died from an H5N1 infection has also died, raising concerns that the avian flu might be transmittable from person to person. All previous documented cases of human H5N1 infection has been due to contact with birds, or animals who have come into contact with birds, […]

That tree done blowed up real good (Combat shotgunning, Part Three)

That tree done blowed up real good (Combat shotgunning, Part Three)

Warning: this is a long entry. With an interesting drive and my first day of the Suarez shotgun gunfighting course under my belt, Markie and I struck out to find our hotel room. We were both pretty tired, and we decided to check into the hotel, grab some shut-eye, and look for a place to […]

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Hit and Run (Combat Shotgunning, Part Two)

Hit and Run (Combat Shotgunning, Part Two)

Warning: this is a long entry. One of the first things I noted about the shotgun course was that it stopped raining as soon as I parked my car. I had read conflicting reports of either 10% chance of rain, or 80% chance of rain throughout the day. The sky appeared to be breaking up. […]

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