Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monthly item search- Backpack saw.

As part of my "Try to write more blog content" We are going to look for a backpack/camping saw.

Must be around $15-$20 max.
Must be suitable for sawing branches around arm thickness.
Space/weight considerations are paramount. This is to help gather firewood as part of a bailout bag/BOB. So carrying around a chainsaw or an ax is not going to happen.

From reserch I've done we are looking at the following.

Survival saw:
A notched wire between two rings.
Probably way too light. Suitable for only kits that need to fit in a mint tin. 

Survival saw, chainsaw:
Looks like a chainsaw chain between two handles/straps

Folding camping saw:
A saw blade that folds like a lockback knife

Folding frame saw:
Saw blade in a folding frame
About the biggest I'm thinking for this purpose.
Also likely the most useful for cutting wood in quantity. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Content idea: Preparing for change with CHANGE!

Just scraping by? Feeling disaster looming like Damocles?

Every month the change jar is going to be totaled up and then we are going SHOPPING!

Change saved will be from me and my Aunt (who lives with me). The total will be used as a guideline for the products shopped for. Every month we are going to search for a specific type of item. Item ideas like say a  backpack stove or a camping saw.

I suspect mostly we will be looking at items around $10-20. Links will be provided (Amazon affiliate if available).

What says the mob?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

NRA SOON! should write content..I know a REVIEW!!!

Let me take you back a few years. At the time I was renting a house with two friends. I didn't feel the need for much in the way of a gun safe since both are now shooters. I introduced both of them to the joys of empty wallets and guns. However I was concerned about one of the guys girlfriends who had a young daughter. So off I went to find an electronic drawer safe for a handgun. Criteria was 1. curious kid proof. 2. easy access 3. CHEAP (I was only working part time)

I found THIS:
at ~$30 it should work.

I should have known things would end badly when the first safe's hinges where coming off the back. Back it goes for a second safe. That one did fine......until recently.......Now the electronic lock is really messed up. I can open it with the bypass key. But at this point if I needed to access a gun for the thump in the night? FAIL.

It is now replaced by a GunVult model *REDACTED*. (Actually I have a couple of their products.)

My choice was heavily influenced by this video:
(I deliberately did not inbed the video in the post)
It is a presentation at DEFCON 15 on off the shelf gunsafes.
The gunvault model he had was difficult to break into with the exemption of the weakpoint of the conventional keyed bypass lock.

Conclusions: The first alert or similar safe is ok if your concerned about curious kids and are looking for a quick access safe RIGHT NOW. Plan on replacing it in a few years. Otherwise I would save the inevitable frustration and get a GunVault They have everything from a small car safe to larger drawer models.

HEY FCC: I paid for the items with my own money. This review is entirely my opinion and experience. Go away!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

You know you could be a "prepper" when this happens!

Your tissue box on your desk runs low so you bring in another box. Cubeneighbor runs out so you give her the box that's almost out. You get sick so you bring in a box of good lotion tissues. Then you find a spare new box you hid in your desk.

Realising that you now have THREE boxes of tissues at your desk when you are recovering from being sick


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Local elections FAIL (WIN for local .gov)

For those that care all of the applicable levies passed. Due to local and county tax levies my property tax has now gone from ~3200/yr to ~3600/yr. THANKS...go die in a fire.....Enjoy the higher tax rates you just voted on ....don't mind me I'm just going to plot against all the renters that voted for it. Don't look all hurt and surprised when your landlord hikes your rent. The only signs I saw for the levies on my street are known rental units.

(Yes my tax rates are high thanks for noticing *fume* no I didn't choose...the house is inherited)

Just in from CUBEVILLE

Cleaning lady: *laughing*
Me: WHAT? oh? coworker just wants to play with his sausage.
Co-worker: *putting sausage into microwave* That is just WRONG.
Me:  But it's right. *points at microwave*
Co-worker: I like my sausage SPICEY! *takes sausage out of microwave then realizes what he said*
Me: *blink* *blink* you said it......
Cleaning lady: great now I have to clean up after him ......