Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Suggesions for an Affordable Laptop

My laptop kicked the bucket last night. Need to replace it. Looking for a new one. As to criteria I am not a gamer but do stream a fair amount of media. Office would be nice but worst case ill download open office. We have historically used dells but the last couple sucked n it is almost as expensive to fix as just replace em so I am soliciting suggestions. I would like to spend around $300 at the top end.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back On The Laptop

Hey All, Got my laptop back. Regular posting will resume shortly. Also we will finally finish up the fighting load contest. I've a few great entries left to show.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Roll Update

Bayou Renaissance Man Discussion of all things that meet Peter's interest. Through the years Hurricanes, friends and neighbors pulling localized security and folks Bugging Out to his place have led to some very interesting lessons learned.

My Adventures in Self Reliance Jamie has been doing some great stuff over the last couple years or so. Her blog was a regular read of mine for awhile that I lost contact with for reasons lost to time. In any case it's full of good stuff and a lot of ideas to get prepared on a tight budget.

Weapons Man is a retired SF weapons sergeant who talks guns, unconventional warfare and whatever else strikes his fancy. Some articles can be a bit historical and niche oriented like on say, an obscure flash hider used by Portugal on AR-180's in the early 70's but others are awesome.

Anyway the blog roll is updated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Sentinel

The Sentinel is a daily publication, featuring an eclectic arrangement of news and entertainment for freedom-lovers, patriots, minarchists, individualists and other "auditable" types.  Think the Drudge Report, but for a slightly different demographic.
Our distribution is 1:00 PM, CST, give or take a shake - depending on if the delivery boy has had a proper breakfast and if his bike chain has run afoul, again.
Check out the Sentinel today.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fictional Possibilities

There may be some fiction coming to the blog. I have a reasonably formed idea that just might lend itself well to the blog format of short, semi regular type posts. The concept will sort of straddle some concepts for where our future may be going as well as serve as a useful venue to share ideas and lessons on a variety of preparedness and  guerrilla/ insurgency related topics.

Really wanted to start writing today. However I realized the smarter approach is to 'measure twice and cut once' instead of just cutting away hoping it will all work out. So instead of writing I tried to flesh out some stuff that should help down the road. Odds are like most plans it will not survive first contact but hopefully the process of developing a plan should be useful over the long run.

The first post/ chapter in the series might be as early as the next couple days or as late as next week. I hesitate to say what sort of frequency these posts will come at until there is a better idea what sort of time they take and if I enjoy writing them. Heck, I could suck at writing fiction and just scrap the whole thing after a few chapters.

So that's something new coming down the pipeline. Hopefully it will be fun for everyone.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Formatting Warning

Going to do some layout/ formatting stuff. Sorry in advance for any glitches or oddities in the next bit.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Couple New Blogs

 Max in Colorado Springs has been around for awhile but this is the first time I've seen it. He is a frequent commenter here and seems like a good dude.

Backup Disaster Recovery is a new site. Seems to be sort of an aggregator but it's a bit soon to tell exactly what it's going to be like.

Both are worth checking out if you have spots open on the ole internet reading list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Over One MILLION Page Views!

Today the blog passed one million page views. This is a pretty big milestone for me. Coming into this with some useful skills helped. Also at the time things got going I had a lot of spare time which was very useful. If you can't work smart then working HARD is a decent alternative. Between my efforts and the help of some great bloggers like Jim Rawles of Survival Blog and Commander Zero and too many more to list things grew over time.

Over the last several years my life has changed a lot. Graduated college, married a great woman I totally do not deserve, went to "the dark side", learned so many things I don't know where to start, had a son and deployed again, this time to Afghanistan.

A lot of my growing up has been reflected in the blog. It may be a little less fun sometimes as rants are rare these days heck I can't remember the last time I cursed at somebody on here. However it is probably a more productive place in terms of helping people get prepared.

It has been a long, strange and wonderful trip.I have really enjoyed meeting some great people who happen to be really serious survivalists. Almost every day I learn something cool. I learn so much cool stuff from you guys that there is just no way to action it all. In a mess of word files and tables I have all sorts of ideas just waiting for time and money to action them. If you all have picked up half as much good info as I have then my job is being done well here.

At times like these it is good to look forward. Things are moving in the direction of gun stuff because firearms training is going to be a bigger part of my life for awhile. Food storage is where a lot of our money and a decent amount of our time is going. Being able to bring you all cool contests is something I enjoy and hope to keep doing better and better.

Well I am pretty happy about this. Back to normal posting tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Admin Note: RSS Feed

Hey All, If you want to follow our RSS feed here it is Feel free to put it on your site or whatever.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Linkeage Update

Updated the old Blog Roll to include
Combat Studies Group
Max Velocity Tactical
 Both of these guys have really added some value to the conversation recently and are worth checking out.

 Also My Family Survival Plan

 Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site run by John Rourke of World Survival Online that deals specifically with issues for older folks which has value as we aren't getting any younger. I touched on some of these issues in a recent post.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Be Advised

I am  going to be on the road for the next few days traveling from the wonderful PNW to Arizona. Depending on if the flee bag reasonably prices motels I stay in has the web I might not be on few days. Posts are scheduled for this period. Once down there until I get established convenience and my schedule will dictate internet usage. So if it is a hassle or I am busy then I won't be on much. 

Don't worry that I got murdered by creepy mutants in the desert if I don't reply to an email for a week or maybe two. If you don't get a response in a week or two resend because it might have slipped through the proverbial cracks. Then if you don't hear anything maybe I did actually get murdered.

Anyway I wanted to let you all know.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Contact Request

Monsoon Matriarch, Please contact me via email @ I tried to email you but received a mailer demon notice.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shout Out to Bayou Rennaisance Man and Rethinking Survival

Thanks for the linkage. Check out Bayou Renaissance Man and Rethink Survival for some good stuff. Both will be added to the blog  roll as soon as I get motivated enough to update it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I have been banging my head against the wall with blogger for a few days. Brute forcing technology can be a real exercise in frustration. Today I finally got it figured out, well at 95% solution anyway. The rest I know how to do and can knock out tomorrow evening.

Normally today would get "What did you do to prepare this week?" but not a lot is happening here. Between time and energy being spent on getting ready to move and generally being in limbo some stuff is on hold. Once home for vacation I will order some rifle plates. Additionally I am trying to sell the M1 Garand and 1911. Both have potential buyers. However if they are serious, have the cash and we can agree on a deal is to be determined. Hopefully both sales go through and I can put some cash toward pretty important accessories and a bit towards a vital survival tool new toy. Worst case if I can't sell the 1911 it will probably  be my PNW pistol for the foreseeable future. The Garand would get hauled along to sell/ trade at our next location.

This week I will keep running, lift some weights and hopefully tighten up my diet. The running/ rucking half of the August Challenge is going well but the weight loss half is almost totally stalled. Hopefully being a bit more intentional and keeping better track of what I eat will help here. It had better because it isn't fun.

Anyway I am going to surf the web a little bit and turn in early. Despite having no good reason for it I am pretty tired today.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I Hate Blogger

Yeah the main page of the blog changed and I am not sure why. Trying to figure it out. Sorry for any weird changes.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Content Tune Up

What features or topics would you like to read more of? Is there anything I haven't been writing about that roughly falls into my areas of knowledge that you would like to read? What is boring the heck out of you?

I try to be as responsive as I can. Now and then folks shoot me an email asking my thoughts on this or that and I drum up a post. The point of mentioning this is that if you want to know what I think about something let me know and you can probably find out. There are areas I am not comfortable talking about in a public/ electronic venue with total strangers and I can obviously only write with any authority about what I know so some topics would not work.

Anyway please let me know so I can make this blog better.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Our Happy Homestead: Is Anybody Out There

If anybody affiliated with Our Happy Homestead reads this please send me an email. I tried to contact you through the email address I have used in the past to no success. Also I have gone to your site multiple times and had it be down or otherwise not available. Unless I can communicate with you in the near future I will have no choice but to take your ad down if just temporarily.

Please drop me a line.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Be Advised- Commenting Down

Either the blog hasn't received a single comment in several days, which is rather unlikely, or there is some sort of a technical issue. Not really sure how to trouble shoot this but I will give it a shot over the weekend. If you want to contact me for whatever reason please do it via email to

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blog Update- Things That Have Been Bothering Me

The new blogger setup is terrible and I hate it. Maybe I am paranoid or something but I think it is also eating comments. The amount of time I waste waiting for it to unfreeze or editing out jumbled together stuff is out of control.

Something kind of weird has been coming clear to me. First people want to read or listen to folks who know what they are doing or at least have half a clue. This makes sense as I don't learn a whole lot from folks who know less than me about a given topic.

However half the time folks want to ignore the advice or scale it down such that they are basically ignoring it. I get this too. Different things work for different people. More to the point often the right answer is at least somewhat hard and people have varying amounts of time/energy/motivation. It is often harder to do the right thing than the easy less right thing.

The place where it confuses me is that folks seem to want a kind of rubber stamp of approval on these decisions which go against the advice which was given in the first place. They really, really want to hear that their own watered down psuedo version of your plan is going to clearly lead to the exact same results.

Example: I recommend that you practice an exercise program that consists of lifting heavy things and running or road marching with some bodyweight stuff mixed in. A guy comes on the net and says after reading 30 posts on this topic that he walks for 20 minutes 3 times a week and does some situps and pushups occasionally. If I do anything other than lie and tell him that this plan he is executing is great and will clearly prepare his body for the zombie apocalypse his underwear gets in a big wad about it.

I guess part of teaching or instructing people and to a degree a piece of this whole blogging thing I do is giving people recommendations about how to do things that I matter of factly do not recommend. Typically this is trying to fit them into the closest option to the thing I actually suggest and have it work with their life. I might be improving with this as my ability to use tact has increased over time but then again my willingness to argue or debate is dropping so who knows.

Another thing that bothers me is bringing up a problem without a solution. Maybe it is just because it was ingrained into me at work to never bring anybody a problem unless I have a solution. Chances are they know it is a problem also and if they could figure out a better answer they would already be using it. So basically just pointing out the problem is being a sharp shooting jerk. The difference between being that annoying sharp shooting jerk and somebody offering their .02 cents is having a solution to the problem you present.

Example, I got into a discussion with a fellow over combatives. I favor the modern hybrid style that is MMA. He talked forever about what is in his very well informed opinion wrong with MMA. The thing is that he failed to actually offer a better option. That was convenient because last I checked MMA guys were just beating the hell out of everybody all over the place. So much so that over the past few years traditional competitions and old school combat type sports have been frantically making up random arbitrary rules to keep MMA guys from curb stomping their stupid fake little competitions into oblivion. You don't see MMA leagues banning super deadly karate/ kung fu fighters from showing up but the opposite is definitely true. If anybody mentions the so deadly you can't possibly practice it against an opponent who actually tries to fight his own plan "Krav" I might burst a frickin blood vessel.

Another thing that has been bothering me is when folks try to argue feelings instead of actually discussing facts or valid points. Maybe to say it more accurately when they try to make up facts or points to fit their feelings.

Example: I hate the Springfield XD, strait up. I hate the angle of the grip, I hate the stupid little grip safety, I hate the way they look, I just hate them. The only way I would buy one is if the deal was so good (like say $200) that I knew I could either pass it to a friend and be doing them a favor or easily sell it at a nice profit.

Note that I never said they were not good, reliable and functional weapons. I didn't say they are not safe or a very good value which comes with a well thought out initial set of accessories. They are fine weapons, probably in the top choices for tough practical use, just not one I have any interest in owning.

Does this distinction make sense? I didn't try to make up some BS facts to fit my feelings on the matter. I just stated them and moved on.

Finally it gets even worse if I talk about any gun negatively. Every single gun all of you all own is the perfect survival weapon for every possible situation. It doesn't matter if you can't hit the broad side of a barn with it at 5 paces, the thing holds 1 or 2 or 7 bullets, it is notoriously unreliable, ammo for it was only made between 1897 and 1899 in Zaire or that  only 7 of them were made in somebodies mom's basement and thus parts/ accessories are virtually impossible to find. It is the best damn gun ever. Everybody finally happy?

Anyway that is what has been bothering me in the blogosphere lately.

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