Seeking Serendipity

October 28, 2015

in Positive Events

The word, “serendipity” describes unexpected fortunate discovery. Good luck, positive surprises, and accidental breakthroughs fit into this category. These all describe things that we did not directly anticipate and were not working to achieve. Part of good luck is simply staying alert and being able to maximize the effects of positive results. Staying alert means […]

An ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) has the potential to shut down all of our infrastructure and push our level of civilization back severely for many years. A High altitude EMP (HEMP) is the most likely form of EMP attack and it involves a single nuclear detonation at an altitude of around 250 miles. This means no […]

A Contingency Plan (CP) for ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) will be a “continuity of function” type of plan. Generally, this plan addresses the overall failure of nearly all public utilities and infrastructure and that makes it valuable as a planning tool for many different scenarios. EMP as a high altitude nuclear event has the capacity to […]

The most devastating factor of an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) threat is not simply the widespread power outage, but the inability to repair and restore power because nearly all electronic devices have been damaged or destroyed. In order to get our power grid back up, we will need large transformers, many smaller electric and electronic components, […]

This video is an excellent demonstration of building a primitive shelter hut with almost no starting resources other than knowledge and hard work. Building a primitive wattle and daub hut from scratch – [] I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m […]

It’s rare that somebody demonstrates a new survival skill that hasn’t been seen and/or written about extensively. Creek Stewart is the host and guide for the Weather channel survival series called, “Fat Guys in the Woods”. Here is Creek showing a technique to make plastic cordage out of discarded soda bottles scavenged from trash: Fat […]

Exchange by Barter

June 23, 2015

in Tools

In the aftermath of an extreme survival event that shatters or destroys the basic infrastructure of society, using currency to exchange for good may not be possible. The value of our currency is established by the confidence that it is backed by an economic system that is stable and functioning well. Destroy that confidence and […]

Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest Useful and practical – about the SW region This review is about the book, “Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest” Paperback – January 7, 2015 by Trisha Shirey The single thing that stands out most about this book is that it is easy to use. It has many descriptions, diagrams, and […]

The theory that microwave ovens make good Faraday cages has been proposed many times and debunked many times. Here is the reasoning: A Faraday cage works by shielding against Radio Frequency (RF) signals. The shielding material does not have to be solid metal and it can have gaps in it, however, the gaps must be […]

The biggest problem with all wild edible food books is regionality. Guides on wild foods from the East Coast don’t supply much information for the forager in the South West and vice-versa. This book is drawn from experience mostly based in the Adirondack mountain region of upper New York state. If you live in that […]