Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday today. Enjoy your turkey and day off...try not to eat too much.

A special thank you to all the men and women serving in the armed forces that cannot be with family.


Good health to you and God bless!!!

...that is all.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

XENU Link Sleuth

I ran across a nice piece of FREE software in my travels recently. It certainly isn't new but it is new to me.

This software will be useful to anyone who runs a blog or website and wants to check and make sure they don't have any "dead links" laying around. A dead link is one that no longer works...in other words a person goes to your site clicks a link and gets the famous "Page Cannot Be Displayed" message (The site may have been deleted or the link moved).

The software is called Xenu Link Sleuth and like I said it is FREE. You put in your starting URL and it will crawl the entire site verifying the validity of the links...Nice tool, just thought I would pass it on.

...that is all.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 18

Weekend Roundup:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with survival content. We have 15 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!

Check out the new product below...can't wait till they make them for S&W M&P.


On My Mind:
Finished another semester in school, escaped with two A-'s...not bad. I have been busy as hell with work and other stuff. Doing my best to keep up with the blog and still sneak in some Fallout III time in there as well.

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On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
Wool Clothing For The Outdoors

Stealth Survival
Shotgun Ammo - Choices For Self-Defense

Kaiservontexas' Musings
Chicken Little

The Simple Dollar
5 Simple Water Conservation Methods

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
The Big 3 Bailout

The Tip:
When changing the oil on your vehicle before installing the new oil filter take your finger and dip it in CLEAN oil, run your finger around the gasket of the new oil filter then install it. This will help with a nice seal and keep the gasket from drying out.

...that is all.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Additional Link Love For My Fellow "Survivalists"

Here is some additional love for the sites who took the plunge and joined "The Survivalists"

I should say with the exception of me the sites are listed in the order they joined from most recent to the trailblazers.

Yours Truly - Don't think a link is needed since your are here already ;)
Stealth Survival
Code Name Bulleseye
The Survivalist Blog
Prepare: Tips to Survive the End of the World
Starting to Speak My Mind
Crazy Kook
Abraham's Blog
Circle of Oroborous
The Aspiring Survivalist
Everyday Prepper
Utah Preppers
Kaiservontexas' Musings
The Healthy Survivor
Keep It Simple Survival - The first one to join besides me...guess this makes Mayberry Vice President!

Join "The Survivalists" ...I'll make you famous.

...that is all.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Towing Safety

Towing is a skill everyone should know, when I say this I mean from soup to nuts...hooking up to a trailer and driving safely with it attached to your vehicle.

To attach the trailer to a vehicle two people are best but it can be done by one person. Line the vehicle up with the trailer and back up to it as close as you can leaving about a foot or two of space between the tongue and the hitch ball. I usually get out at this time and make sure the tongue is raised up enough, if it is I get back in the vehicle, if not I raise it some more. Now comes the tough part if you are by yourself...back up slowly and keep checking how close you are by either getting out and checking or asking the other person to guide you. If the trailer is not super heavy you may be able to wrestle it a bit closer by hand if you have to.

Once you have the tongue over the ball get out and lower the trailer onto the ball. You will know if it is on correctly, once this is done push down with your foot on the trailer coupler to lock it onto the ball. I then raise the wheel up an out of the way and attach the electrical and safety chains. Your trailer may have come with a hitch coupler lockpin, if it did go ahead and put that in place...it keeps the hitch coupler from unlocking accidentally.

Some Safety Information:
The MOST important thing is to know the weight of you fully laden trailer and what the towing capacity of your vehicle is. Based on the above your vehicle should be fitted with the correct hitch classification and ball size.

If you tow more than your vehicle is rated for you risk damaging your engine and if things go badly enough actually hurtiung some one.

Trailer Hitch Classification (This is typical)
Class I 2,000 pounds GTW
Class II 3,500 pounds GTW
Class III 5,000 pounds GTW
Class IV 7,500 pounds GTW
Class V 10,000 pounds GTW
GTW=Gross Trailer Weight (including car or boat together, if applicable)

Some things to be aware of everytime you tow:
-Make sure the trailer is level, if it isn't get a hitch ball mount with the rise or drop you need to make it level.

-Make sure the hitch ball mount is securley fasted to the hitch receiver, usually uses a large cotter pin.

-Make sure your hitch coupler is secured over the ball.

-Make sure you actually raised the wheel the tongue rests on when the trailer is not hooked up.

-Make sure you attach your safety chains and they are crossed, the right chain hook to the left loop and the left chain hooked to the right loop.

-Verify you securely connected the electrical hookup and make sure your brake lights and turn signals are functioning.

Backing a trailer up can be very annoying for folks who are not used to it. The trailer will go in the OPPOSITE direction you turn your wheel. You will also need to adjust the wheel frequently or you will quickly find that you have formed a 90 degree angle. This just takes some getting used to is all. I can place my trailer right where I want it in my garage now because I have done it several times. The FIRST time I did this I had to pull out and back in at least four times to get it where I wanted it.

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Be A Survivor Chili Recipe

I love chili and I have been making my own for years. Everyone claims they have the best chili recipe...I am no different of course.

Flea's Famous Be A Survivor Chili:
Ingredients
2 lbs 80% lean ground beef
1 whole yellow onion (diced)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons chili powder (or to taste - I do it by taste)
1/4 of a Hershey bar (yes chocolate)
2 Nice sized jalapeno peppers (remove seeds and mince)
1 large can kidney beans
1 large can of tomatoe sauce

Brown the ground beef and DRAIN THE GREASE!!!

I throw the browned ground beef in a crock pot with everything but the beans and let it cook on high for about an hour or so.

I then throw the beans in and let it cook for another hour and a half to two hours on high.

You can taste at this time and see if you need to add any seasonings.

I serve over white rice and throw some shredded cheddar on top.

Not bad considering I came up with this during my bachelor days.

...that is all.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Guest Post - Riverwalker: The New Food Crisis - "Plastic Food"

Today, once again we are blessed to have one of the great survival bloggers out there guest post on Be A Survivor. Riverwalker blogs over at Stealth Survival and continually churns out a multitude of great information. If you have never visited his site make it a daily stop...you won't be sorry.

The ability to preserve food for use during shortages was critical to the survival of everyone. Foods were dried, pickled, salted, stored in underground root cellars and fermented to allow longer usage and storage of a very perishable food supply. These storage methods have now become a huge industry which has become less intent on preserving the nutrient values of our food and more on making large profits. Their ultimate goal is now to produce foods which look pretty, smell great, and taste wonderful, and lasts “forever” on the grocery store shelf. In the search for higher profits, this has become the primary method of operation by the processed food industry. We are just now beginning to suffer the effects of “plastic food”.

Chemically tricking our senses into believing that our processed food supply is nutritional creates a real danger to everyone’s health. Artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial smells, artificial sweeteners, and other chemical substitutes for minerals and vitamins in processed food are becoming more prevalent everyday. We are being misled into wanting and consuming foods which are nowhere near anything that that could be considered real and nutritious.

People purchasing packaged food products are usually unaware of the true nature of what they are buying. They see pretty packages and colorful labels and never take the time to actually check the contents. What you see is not always what you get! The gap between the original food product and its chemically processed counterpart can be so wide as to make the nutritional content of little or no value. Without the addition of chemical substitutes and artificial ingredients, it would have little or no nutritional value.

Large companies are placing their emphasis on profits and not people. Many food additives and preservatives have as yet unknown side effects on our health and yet continue to be used regularly in our food. People need to wake-up and realize that the effects of chemically-altered processed foods can be a real danger. Foods that look good, smell great and taste delicious may not always be healthy for you.

This has also created further problems for people with problems due to food intolerance.

People with diabetes, lactose intolerance, or gluten intolerance, etc. can have problems finding foods which do not have some sort of ingredient that sets off dangerous side effects for their health. Learn to read the labels. Know what the different names for some of the chemical additives and flavorings are and know when to just leave it on the shelf.

If people stop buying processed food items that have been so altered chemically that they no longer can be considered “real” and start demanding processed food items that are healthy and nutritious, companies will be forced to change the way they are doing business. They will be forced to start making processed food items that are healthy and nutritious..

Avoid “plastic food”! Better health for you and your family will be the end result."

Staying above the water line!
Riverwalker


Thanks RW and keep up the fine blogging!

...that is all.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Be Prepared: Fish At A Moments Notice

One thing I absolutely love is fishing. I have been doing it since I was a small child tanks to my dad. One thing to consider is, you never know when you will happen upon a perfect fishing spot or your life may depend on being able to catch some food.

I will describe the very basic setup I have that is in my vehicle at all times. It is always available to be yanked out when I happen upon a promising looking body of water. I always take my fishing kit with me when I go camping or hiking as well for the same reason. Keeping the purpose of this kit in mind, it is small and fits entirely in a fanny pack.

My kit consists of:
a telescopic 6 foot Shakespeare Ugly Stick
a Shimano spinning reel
a very small tackle box that I made from a small plastic parts organizer
a fanny pack
my fishing license
a small garden trowel (for digging for worms if needed)
small hand towel

The tackle consists of:
some snap swivels
some assorted hooks
4 small balsa bobbers (the long slender type)
a few lures (mostly rooster tails and spoons)
a multitool (used mostly for knife and pliers)
some split shot weights
a small bottle of salmon eggs

That is it. I cannot say enough good things about the telescopic pole. It slides down to about 12 inches and it 6 foot when fully extended. There is a lot to be said for having a full size fishing pole because it gives you options (and it isn't as delicate as some of those micro poles).

I always string my reel with 10 pound test line...this also gives me options for some larger fish if I am careful.

My bait strategy is to dig for worms, use the salmon eggs or lure fish using the several types that I have in my kit. That gives me some diversity and also provides me with options.

My rig can be use to cast, bottom fish or use the good old bobber...the key is to give yourself options!!! It was very inexpensive for me to put this kit together and I take it with me everywhere I go. It is small and compact, yet complete enough to allow me to fish several different ways for multiple species of fish. I have caught bass, trout, pickeral, catfish, sunnies, crappies and blue gills using this setup.

...that is all.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 17

Weekend Roundup:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with survival content. We have 13 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!


On My Mind:
Well getting the camping itch again...have to plan a trek out with the popup soon. You know what they say when you have the itch...scratch it!

Gas is now down to a $1.88 here...I can't believe how we have been screwed these last few years. Funny how "global demand" must have suddenly stopped...what a crock.

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On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
Keeping the Core Warm

Stealth Survival
Salmonella

Kaiservontexas' Musings
AR-15 Magazines

The Simple Dollar
Walking Away to be a Stay at Home Parent

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
10 Gadgets for Survival

The Tip:
CFL bulbs are great for saving money and energy they use about 30% of the electricity a regular bulb does. A few caveats though, they must be recycled or disposed of properly as they contain mercury and because of this they are also hazerdous...so be very careful cleaning up if you break one.

They last several times longer and save you money so the benefits outweigh the risks...

...that is all.

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The Survivalists Update

My thanks to everyone who has joined our webring. We are currently up to lucky number 13!

If anyone has a site they want to add to the ring click the link at the bottom of this post and sign up...it is FREE and will generate some traffic to your site hopefully. The more that join the better the ring will work. If you want to join please make sure the topic of your site fits in with our theme which is Outdoors, nature, firearms, survival, disaster preparedness, etc.

Thanks!!!

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Survival Links: Steve's Pages....huh?

Yes that is right, I said Steve's Pages. This guy has links to electronic versions of TONS of military manuals...for FREE! That is right I said FREE.

Steve has a donate button on his page and I highly encourage folks who find this useful and download manuals to donate a little something to good ole Stevie boy. I am not Steve and I don't work for Steve...I just know a good thing when I see one.

Have fun...that should be enough light reading for you before you hit the sack (yeah for the next ten years).

...that is all.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bought Some More AK-47 Mags....I Wish...

Well a few days ago I placed an order for (4) more Yugoslavian AK-47 magazines for my Yugo M70 from Southern Ohio Gun.

Here is an email I received yesterday:

(Name Changed to Protect the Innocent),
We are out of stock on all our AK-47 magazines. Do you want me to backorder these for you? If you have any questions please let me know. If I do not hear from you by 11/18/08 I will have to cancel this order.

Thanks,
SOG, (Name Changed to Protect the Innocent)


I asked them to place them on backorder for me of course but the craziness appears to have started at this point. There is a gun show here November 29th and 30th and I am guessing that prices will be even more ridiculous than they normally are.

I really don't like the plastic mags but I may need to pick a few of those up to hedge my bets.

...that is all.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Game Review: Fallout III

Anyone who sees the avatar (picture) I have in place of my picture in my blogger profile and is familiar with video games knows I am a fan of the Fallout series of video games. I have played Fallout and Fallout II MANY times and I have solved them both. You may have noticed my posting schedule has been a bit erractic, well that is because I made the biggest mistake in my life...I gave in and purchased Fallout 3 knowing damn well HOURS, if not DAYS or even WEEKS of my life will get sucked into the black hole that RPG based video games. I curse the programmers at Bethesda for bringing my all time favorite series back from the dead.

This game is visually stunning...the grphics are unbelieveable, it is based on the Oblivion game engine which Bethesda is now famous for. The beauty comes at a price though...the game takes a beast of a machine to run. I have a 1 year old Dell with a Core 2 Duo processor 2.13 ghz, 4 gigs of RAM as well as an ATI Radeon XL1300 series video card and I can only run the game in low quality graphics mode (which is still frikin great).

Here are the requirements:
Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP/Vista
Processor: 2.4 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor Intel Core 2 Duo processor
RAM: XP: 1GB System RAM
Vista: 2GB System RAM 2 GB System RAM
Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 256MB RAM (NVIDIA 6800 or better/ATI X850 or better) NvidiaDirect X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA 8800 series, ATI 3800 series)
Supported Video Card Chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce Series 200, 9800, 9600, 8800, 8600, 8500, 8400, 7900, 7800, 7600, 7300, 6800; ATI HD Series 4800, 4600, 3800, 3600, 3400, 2900, 2600, 2400; ATI Series X1900, X1800, X1600, X1300, and X850

Not for the faint-hearted...

The game is fun as hell and actually starts with your birth...literlly you open your eyes after coming out of your Mom's womb into your father's waiting arms. The game play is fast paced as there in no turn based combat as there was in the first two games. This is a first person shooter make no mistake. All the familiar skills and special abilities are there as well as precision based attacks which Fallout fans will be familiar with.

A tidbit from the product description:
"For 200 years, Vault 101 , a fallout shelter, has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you've ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth."

Here is the teaser trailer...I can't stop humming this friggin song:


Here is video of actual gameplay from E3:


This is easily one of the best games I have ever played. I am a few hours into it and totally addicted at this point. If you are a fan of post apocalyptic game you will really like this game...assuming you have to hardware to even run it.

I give this 5 Nuke Colas out of 5!!!!

...that is all.

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 16

Weekend Roundup:
Folks, get with the program and join "The Survivalists"! if you have a blog or website with that sort of content. We have 10 sites so far and are always looking for new recruits!

Posts coming this week:
Survive! Lost In The Woods
Survival Food Spotlight: Honey
You Peat Me To The Punch
How To Field Strip An AK-47
Equipment Review: Pelican Waterproof Gear Box


On My Mind:
Wow gas has dropped a bunch...I just filled my tank for the bargain price of $2.02 per gallon. I NEVER thought I would see prices that low again.

The price gouging on magazines and ammunition has started apparently. Will only get worse before it gets better.

My wife is heading out on a business trip this week so I will have plenty o' keyboard time to try and bring you some good quality content.

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On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
The Best Idea

Stealth Survival
Winter Driving Safety

Kaiservontexas' Musings
They Are ALL Liars

The Simple Dollar
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
Physical Training

Down In The Hills Survival
The End?

The Tip:
Folks, seriously, if you are planning on getting or gun or doing any kind of stocking up DO IT NOW! It will only get more expense leading up to the inevitable gun ban (of some sort), the Dems will push through next year. Remember one of the people who authored the previous gunban is now our Vice-President elect. Buy whatever you are going to buy now and don't wait.

...that is all.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Red Dot Scopes

Fast acquisition is one of the primary benefits of using a red dot scope. There are many different kinds out there but they all serve the same purpose...they put some dot (red, green or otherwise) on your target and enable you to point and shoot. A red dot scope is almost like using a laser on a weapon which puts a beam on the intended target, in the case of a scope the beam does not project out beyond the actual weapon.


The actual dot is called a reticle, there are different types of reticles available on red dot scope...here are some examples:

MOA is what they are usually measured in. MOA is: (From Wikipedia - very good definition)
"Sights that use dot reticles are almost invariably measured in minutes of angle, or "MOA". One of the most common reticles used in red dot sights is a small dot, covering 5 MOA (1.5 mrad), illuminated by a red LED, hence the common term "red dot sight". MOA is a convenient measure for shooters using English units, since 1 MOA subtends approximately 1.0472 inches at a distance of 100 yards (91.44 m). This is generally rounded to 1 inch at 100 yards, which makes MOA a handy unit to use in ballistics. The 5 MOA (1.5 mrad) dot is small enough not to obscure most targets, and large enough to quickly acquire a proper "sight picture". For many types of action shooting, a larger dot is preferred; 7 (2.0 mrad), 10 (2.9 mrad), 15 (4.4 mrad) or even 20 MOA (5.8 mrad) dots or rings are used; often these will be combined with horizontal and/or vertical lines to provide a level reference."

Red dots usually mount to a rifle or pistol like any other scope would fit on a rail of some type, typically picatinny or weaver. The only difference between those types of rails is the spacing of the slots in them. The actual sight is adjusted or sighted in using a vertical and horizontal dial that adjust the dot in relation to the point of impact of the projectile. The object here is consistency. The "technical" name for horizontal and vertical adjustments are windage and elevation.

I usually mount the scope to a weapon then I use a tool call a bore sight to adjust the site so it is on the paper. A bore sight is a small laser you insert into the barrel of the weapon that points to the target. Adjust your red dot so that the red dot reticle lines up perfectly with the bore sight laser. This will get you on the paper. I then shoot a few rounds to warm the barrel up. Once this is done change to a sighting in target...it usually has a grid on it. Shoot one round and adjsut...rinse and repeat until the bullet hits the same spot consistently where the red dot reticle is.

Red dot sights usually have really good eye relief, this mean that unlike most scopes, where your eye needs to be within a certain distance from the scope to use it effectively, the red dot can be utilized from all distances (or most). Red dots are also usually low magnification, if you need something to really reach out and touch someone go with a regular scope.

Red dots also use batteries so keep that in mind and have extras because it would suck to lose the dot when you need it most....which leads me to this...be an expert with your iron sights before worrying about scopes of any type!!!

...that is all.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BAS: Quote of the Day...

This is a classic from our friend Mayberry...

"The vote count for both nit wit candidates purty much confirms my belief that most people in this country are dumber than a box of shit."

...that is all.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Survive Election Day...

Man I just stood outside in the rain and chill for 4 HOURS to vote. The line was the biggest I have ever seen!!!

Somethings I learned:
1.) Bring an umbrella
2.) Bring a jacket
3.) Bring a snack
4.) Bring a drink
5.) Bring LOTS of patience...

It took 4 hours but it was worth it.

...that is all.

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Movie Review: 28 Weeks Later

My next review is one of those movies with a concept that make my knees shake...28 Weeks Later (Widescreen Edition). The orginal "28 Days Later" scared me because it introduced the world to "the infected", souls exposed to the Rage virus who could haul some ass (READ run real fast). Gone were the shambling zombies of George Romero and in their place came tireless killing machines that could run down Carl Lewis in his prime. This scenario is also much more likely than the "Living Dead" series as the rapid infection of a population after the accidental release of some government virus is a WHOLE LOT more plausible than many of us care to believe.

This movie is set several months after the orginal. During that time the Rage virus has burned itself out and the infected have slowly died of starvation. The government feels the resettlement of the UK is just a peachy idea at this point. They start sending folks back to carefully constructed camps to begin the resettlement when a monkey wrench gets thrown into the plan. There is always a monkey wrench isn't there....well this results in another outbreak of the Rage virus that the military once again goes to great lengths to try and contain.

I can't say this is better than the original because it is not. It is a great movie if you are a fan of the genre and even leaves the door open for another sequel...which of course I would welcome. I enjoyed it immensely and I even bought the video for my collection...which is small by many people standards as I only buy movies I have seen and can envision myself watching again.

There is real action from the time the movie starts as it sets up the rest of the film. The concept of the film is believable and well done. They could have really hosed up a sequel but they didn't...in contrast they did a fine job with a good script. The acting is good and you feel some genuine emotions for the characters in this film.

From IMDB:
"28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has resorted order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins... again."

Cast:
Jeremy Renner - Sergeant Doyle
Harold Perrineau Jr - Flynn
Robert Carlyle - Don Harris
Rose Byrne - Scarlet
Catherine McCormack - Alice
Imogen Poots - Tammy
Idris Elba - General Stone
Shahid Ahmed - Jacob
Stewart Alexander - Military Officer
Emily Beecham - Karen
Philip Bulcock - Senior Med Officer
Thomas Garvey - Major Bunker
Garfield Morgan - Geoff
Mackintosh Muggleton - Andy
Amanda Walker - Sally
Raymond Waring - Sam

All in all a good effort and I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the first one or who enjoys this genre of film.

I give this film 3.5 infected chimps out of 5!

...that is all.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Be Prepared: Morse Code

Morse code...what can be said that has not been said already. It is one of the most relaible ways to communicate when transmitting over long distances. Ham radio operators are able to pick up the dit's and dah's where voice just won't penetrate.

Morse Code was invented by Samuel Morse. He conceived the basic idea of an electromagnetic telegraph in 1832, and produced the first working telegraph set in 1836. This made transmission possible over any distance.

Morse code does not have to be beeps over a telegraph, it can be simple tapping on a wall or a pipe or even flashes of light using your flashlight. Think about this for a second, at night you can effectively communicate with someone within visual distance (which on a clear night can be substantial) using nothing more than Morse code and a flashlight...pretty amazing stuff.

Morse code used to be a requirement to obtain the general and extra class licenses in ham radio but no longer. All you need to obtain those licenses is to pass the written exams, I am all for the no Morse requirement for general but I think they should have maintained a 5 words per minute minimum for the extra class license. If you are an extra you should have some mastery of Morse code in my opinion.


Text to Morse converter (pretty cool)
Morse Code Wikipedia Page

Morse code is one of those things that it never hurts to know. There are many stories out there of people being saved by tapping on pipes and captives communicating by tapping on cell walls. In one memorable scene from a movie called Untraceable a cybercrime agent whose death is being televised live over the Internet gives clues to his fellow agents by blinking Morse code to them. I have a Morse code trainer I still use from my days of practicing for the general test...while no longer required to know (for ham radio) it is great for brushing up on this valuable communication method. Up your chances of being a survivor and spend some time learning Morse code today!

Here is cool Morse code trainer - This will get you used to hearing it...plays back what you type in.

Here is a link to one of my ham radio posts if you are interested in getting started!

Here is a link to Ham University, this is the trainer I use. It is not free and you need to pay for it. It is a good one though.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Weekend Roundup Vol. 15

Weekend Roundup:
People I KNOW there are many of you that have websites and blogs...you only stand to benefit from joining "The Survivalists"! It is a FREE web ring that I setup and five sites have taken the plunge and joined. Web rings work by generating traffic for member sites when one of the sites is visited there is a good chance the person will be interested in some of the other folks site. The sites that get little traffic...you have the most to benefit from!!!!! I get between 300-500 hits daily...take advantage of my traffic! Mayberry and Kaiservontexas I am sure get a boatload of traffic as well so you get a boost from them too. The more sites that join, there better it is for everyone! Plus you get to use a cool banner that I designed with my ninja like Paint Shop Pro skillz (OK I did the best I could).

Posts coming this week:
Be Prepared: Morse Code
Movie Review: 28 Weeks Later
Survival Food Spotlight: Honey
Red Dot Scopes
How To Field Strip An AK-47



On My Mind:
Election day is FAST approaching. Get out there an exercise your right to vote. If you don't vote...don't bitch because I don't want to hear it. It looks like the balance of power will shift in this country and that does scare me a bit. It has been a while since a party controlled both the white house and all of congress. I have to admit I am worried.

If you would like your blog or website added to the Be A Survivor link list, let me know. Before asking, please make sure you have some content, it is related topically to my blog, (for example a site on baseball would not fit in here), is updated on some sort of regular schedule and I will be happy to try and help you out.

On The Blogs:
Scoutinlife's Homestead and Preparedness Blog
Sure You Want To Bug Out?

Stealth Survival
Canola Oil, Is It Safe?

Kaiservontexas' Musings
Get Your Hot, Fresh PMAGS Here, PMAGS Here!!!

The Simple Dollar
Dealing With Personal Disappointment And Tragedy

Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest
Ryan 2L Tells Us Who The Hell These TSLR Fellers Are...

Down In The Hills Survival
Predicting The Future

The Tip:
Get to the polls early this election day as they are predicting a BIG turnout. If you don't want to stand in line or be there when all the problems they are predicting start get there EARLY and VOTE!!!!

...that is all.

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