History Repeats Itself

I love sayings. Quotes, Wisdoms, Psalms, Proverbs, and even puns. I guess that is why Robert A. Heinlein quote rests as my banner on this blog. One of the sayings I often use is “The only thing we learn from history, is that we don’t learn from history.” (paraphrased from Winston Churchill) It’s true though, no matter what way it is phrased, or said, we tend to learn nothing from the past. Part of that is due to the fact the history is only really written by the winners, the other is that Read more [...]
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My Book Wish Lists

Last Updated: Jan 10th 2019 OK, here it is, my book wish list. It is not by any means complete, although very long, but I will try to update it as time goes on. I am mainly interested in “How To” books, anything published by Foxfire Fund, Inc. Basically, DIY guides related to getting back to the land, gardening, homesteading, survival. My collection is mostly Non-Fiction, including history, crafts, self-efficiency, early trades, activism related topics, environmental issues, human rights, Read more [...]
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A mini interview with the author of gpredict

Alexandru Csete, also known as OZ9AEC is a physicist from the University of Aarhus, and works as in the European space industry, and a holder of a CEPT Cat. 1 amateur radio certificate since 1991. He is also the author of gpredict which I have mention in my Beginner’s Guide to HAM Radio (Debian Program List) on this blog. His primary interests today are satellite comms, building and modifying equipment and developing free software for Unix-like operating systems. Between Jan 2008 and Mar 2009 Read more [...]
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How to sharpen a knife

I just finished reading a post on Wolf Tracks by Shy Wolf, in which he goes into great detail on how to sharpen a knife. The reason he did this post was in reply to a post on M.D. Creekmoore's survival site. I really like not only the post, but the fact that Shy went out of his way to point out that idea behind the post came from a question on Creekmore's site, so in hopes of starting a trend among prepper bloggers, besides the fact that I am packing like a crazed lunatic to move to the farm, Read more [...]
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Letter: Ultimate Food Shortage Survival by Jason Richards
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Letter: Ultimate Food Shortage Survival by Jason Richards

Dan ... I got a question for you. For the past five months, I've been seriously researching and putting together my own bug-out plan. I'm coming along nicely with my backpacks, and was gonna buy the Jason Richards books from the site for $27 (Ultimate Food Shortage Survival) to pack even lighter, but wanted to get your opinion on it first. I've checked reviews online, blogs... seems legit... I can also find the book on Amazon for $10, but he's offering another 2 or 3 along with it on his website, Read more [...]

Rotating Cypher Encryption

I have a passion for encryption and security culture issues. I’ve been working on a system to to hide encrypted message, as in hide the fact that it’s encrypted to begin with. I call it stegtext after the photo version which is called steghide. Recently I’ve been messing around with rotating cyphers, and came up with a really simple way to do it in php. A simple example of a rotating cypher key encryption program written in php. – wolfe   Message: We are the hollow men We Read more [...]
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Pandemics (Something for Everyday Inklings)

This blog post is a bit of reverse self-promoting, hosting costs for this site are covered via project wonderful, and I really appreciate any incoming links. It turns out that like Hollow Men there is another story in the works about the end of the world, and the author is keeping a blog about her progress over at Everyday Inklings, I’m on her research list . It turns out that I was just in the middle of doing some research on the health care of farm animals, in fact I just picked up a book over Read more [...]
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After the Olympics

"I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three."--Elayne Boosler Well, some how we managed to survive the Vancouver Winter Olympics of 2010, which I was hoping to completely avoid by moving back east before it started, well the move is still coming. When this event was first announced I was part of a research team hired by Chris Shaw to investigate one small aspect Read more [...]
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Budget and Bills

I sit here today in a frump, (Is that even a word?), thinking about what next I have to do to get going on the things that need to get done. I'm swamped yet again, this time with bills. The biggest disadvantage of living in the city is it's limitations on what you can do within your own property. And I can see that the biggest disadvantage to living in the country is the travel time required to gather junk at stores in the city. I've started doing a few budgeting tricks, I don't have a clue where Read more [...]
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Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)

In the Memorandum Opinion and Order and Second Report and Order (pdf) released May 23, 2002, the Commission updated the service rules regarding five Industrial/Business Pool VHF frequencies known in the PLMR community as the VHF “color dot” frequencies. These frequencies were moved from Part 90 to Part 95 and became a new Citizens Band Radio Service (CB) named the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS). The Commission defines MURS as a private, two-way, short-distance voice or data communications service Read more [...]
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Last Light by Alex Scarrow

Last Light has to one of the more recent books I’ve read to make it to my mental list of must reads. The reason I would include this has more to do with setting of this novel then anything else, the plot wasn’t that good. The story opens up with the main character being a civilian engineer working in Iraq when all hell breaks loose, the end result is the end of oil. This story is really about Peak Oil, and the only fiction in this book is the trigger, at least we the readers, and the author Read more [...]
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Mental Update
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Mental Update

OK, so I know it's not only been awhile since I did any real updates, and it's also been awhile since I have updated you all on what is happening on our plan to get out of here and onto the farm. So … In order to start off the year on a good foot, I redid my blog template, and plan to make a renewed effort to post more often. But as to what has happened recently let me give you a bit of a run down. First, not in any particular order, Christmas sucked. I don't think I have ever been as depressed Read more [...]
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