A Must Watch for Parents

November 9, 2009 admin 0

If you are the parent of a small infant you MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO, please watch it till the end, even if you find it disturbing, you will be amazed. I strongly recommend that you visit the source URL of this video, and learn all you can if you have small children.

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Another Swine Flu Comic

September 27, 2009 admin 0

Yeah, so I was bored while I was going to the next job site, and posted to twitter “The most viral thing about #swineflu is it’s marketing” and got several retweets as a result, nice. So because I’ve been working my butt off trying to raise enough money to move to Ontario by the end of next month I haven’t […]

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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 10 – A real world test of urban preparedness

August 14, 2009 David Period 0

NOTE: The following has been “fictionalized” to protect the guilty. The essence is true, but details have been purposefully changed to prevent identifying the city. While continuing to work on the mental exercise that prompted this series of articles, I had an unplanned opportunity to test some of my presumptions and preparations. As a world traveler, I sometimes end up […]

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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 9 – Fire Extinguishers

August 13, 2009 David Period 0

This might be a bit of a tangent as I am not advocating carrying a fire extinguisher in the BOB/GOOD/GO bag. Much better to get oneself safely out of harm’s way. But I’m such a big proponent of extinguishers being available in all habitable spaces that I’d like to underscore this tangible, insurance policy. And since it is appropriate to […]

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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment Part 2 – Modular Design

August 2, 2009 David Period 0

The potential emergencies for the skyscraper dweller includes what most other preppers have listed – hail storms, fire, radioactive release, blackouts, civil unrest, etcetera – just with some twists. Specifically, the impact of the density of human beings, the height of the structures people work, sleep, and play in, and the lack of space to store all the “stuff”. This […]

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Primary Services

July 15, 2009 admin 0

As I said before, there is more then one way to improve the world. But it occurs to me, that it might have to be done a little at a time. The problem with that is, some of my ideas depend on the others. And I am sure this is the same for anyone else that has come up with […]

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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 7 – Cash on Hand; How Much is Enough

July 8, 2009 David Period 0

When the lights go out, so do the ATM/ABM, credit card point-of-sale, and debit systems. Cash becomes not just king, but the only ticket. How much cash do you keep on you day to day? Enough to get you out of trouble, but also to survive for the days (weeks, months?) that it will take for the infrastructure to return […]

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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 6 – EDC Lanyard

July 6, 2009 David Period 0

In the modern, urban world, humans are actually in an unnatural environment. At any moment a person could be plunged into total darkness in a windowless room, or locked into a similar room without convenient means of escape. A human voice can fade into the background of the city noise and quickly loose strength and volume if trying to cry […]

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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 5 – PPE Footwear, Gloves, Goggles, and Headgear

July 5, 2009 David Period 0

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear is never a single item. The Flame Retardant (FR) coveralls and Smoke/Fire Escape Hood are a great foundation. But additional PPE is required for success. I am thinking that the minimum, additional PPE would include: Footwear – Unless you are ready to pull a John McClane and walk barefoot over broken glass without stopping (yipee-ki-yea), […]

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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 4 – Smoke/Fire Escape Hood

July 4, 2009 David Period 0

If you accept the assertion that the primary or secondary danger most likely to affect the ultra-urbanite is fire, then smoke/fire escape hoods can be worth the investment. With all the modern plastics and other man-made materials and finishes, the primary killer in a structure fire is not the flame itself, but the toxic smoke. Many autopsies show the victims […]

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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 3 – Flame Retardant Coveralls

July 3, 2009 David Period 0

As far as I can tell, the number one threat facing the modern megalopolis, skyscraper dweller (either primarily or as a secondary concern) is fire. Train derailment sparking a conflagration. Civil unrest (or professional football/baseball/hockey game fan rejoicing) is often highlighted with fires. An underground power station transformer blows setting the cooling oil on fire. A jack-knifed, suicide jockey pulling […]

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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 1 – Introduction

July 1, 2009 David Period 0

Many can’t/won’t live in a small village or isolated retreat. The overwhelming majority of modern, first world nations, live in cities with buildings taller than any fire truck ladder. How about a BOB/GOOD/GO bag for the modern office worker and downtown megalopolis, skyscrape dweller? Just as there are different considerations when living out on the edge of the wild, there […]

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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 8 – Cash on Hand; Coins or Banknotes

July 9, 2008 David Period 0

What ever the amount of cash on hand, it is probably a good thing to have smaller denominations instead of large ones. I’d rather have a wallet with 100 five dollar bills than five 100 dollar bills. During a time of crises when banks may be temporarily shuttered, those stores that are still open may not be able to make […]

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Better Encryption Intro

August 7, 2007 admin 0

The best encryption code is a ‘one time pad’. It simply cannot be cracked. The practical problem of it is passing of the pad. It has to be done in complete secrecy or it is useless. That is the primary reason that public key based systems like PGP and GPG are so common, there are two keys, one public and […]

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Christmas ’04

December 25, 2004 admin 0

‘Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, except for Wolfe’s Mouse; The stockings were empty and tossed the without care, In hopes that Nicoli would lay in his lair; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Xbox danced in their heads, And InnerRainbow in her ‘nighie, and […]

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What is SEED?

April 23, 2003 admin 0

The first question people ask about SEED is common ownership of the land, and sharing of incomes etc. When we answer , they ask us why we call ourselves a commune. Here is the answer . Most communes are income-sharing communities, SEED is not. The best way to express the financial end of SEED is to say we are a […]

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