Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Wired Magazine's David Hambling has this advice for surviving a Zombie Apocalypse:

"One tempting option is to go out there with a flamethrower. Zombies may have a natural aversion to fire, you should be able to ignite several of them with one burst, and it looks spectacular – there's a video of a demonstration here. However, if you check the specifications it has some serious drawbacks. The U.S. Army's M2-2 flamethrower weighed about seventy pounds, and is effective out to around fifty yards, but the big limitation is ammunition:

a fuel tank holding 18 liters of gasoline, enough for approximately five bursts of two seconds each.

So you're probably better off with a conventional firearm. At least this is one area where we are spared the interminable debate of 9mm v .45 handguns and 5.56mm v 7.62mm. Unlike living humans, stopping power counts for nothing as far as zombies go; it's all about shot placement. (And reliability – take at least one back-up gun in case you get a jam or run out of ammo at a bad time.) Anything larger than a .22 will do the job, so long as you're capable of putting a round squarely though the head. And this is very much harder than you think."

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Steps to Surviving a Long Fall

1. Slow your fall using the arch position. Unless you’re falling from an airplane, you won’t have enough time to try this step. Maximize your surface area by spreading yourself out using this skydiving technique.

* Position yourself so that the front of your body faces the ground.

* Arch your back and pelvis and tilt your head back like you’re trying to touch the back of your head to the back of your legs

* Extend your arms so that your upper arms are out to the sides, and bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle so that your lower arms and hands point forward (parallel to, and on the sides of, your head) with your palms facing down; spread your legs to shoulder width.

* Bend your knees slightly.

2. Find the best landing spot. This step can only be performed if falling from an airplane. For very high falls, the surface on which you land is the greatest influence on your chance of survival. Observe the terrain below you as you are falling.

* Hard, inflexible surfaces such as concrete are the worst on which to fall. Very uneven or jagged surfaces, which present less surface area to distribute the force of impact, are also undesirable.

* The best possible surfaces on which to fall are snow, deep water (preferably water that is fast moving or frothy, such as the kind found at the bottom of a waterfall; see Tips), soft ground (such as that in a newly tilled field or in a marsh), and trees or thick vegetation (although these present a high risk of impalement).

* If you are over an urban area, you probably won’t be able to control your flight precisely enough to choose a good landing surface, but glass- or tin-roofed structures, awnings, and cars are preferable to streets and concrete rooftops.

* Search for steep slopes that gradually grow gentler, since you will not lose all of your momentum at once when you hit the ground, greatly reducing the impact on your body.

3. Steer yourself to the landing spot. If you’re falling from an airplane, you will usually have about 1-3 minutes before impact, depending on your starting altitude. You will also have the ability to travel horizontally (while, obviously, traveling vertically) a good distance (up to a couple of miles or three kilometers).

* From the arch position described above, you can direct your flight forward by pulling your arms slightly back at the shoulders (so that they are not extended forward as much) and straightening (extending) your legs.

* You can move backward by extending your arms and bending your knees as though you are trying to touch the back of your head with your heels.

* Right turns may be accomplished while staying in the arch position by twisting your upper body slightly to the right (dipping your right shoulder), and left turns are performed by dipping the left shoulder.

4. Bend your knees. Possibly nothing is more important to surviving a fall (or simpler to do) than bending your knees. Research has shown that having one’s knees bent at impact can reduce the magnitude of impact forces 36-fold.

5. Relax. Relaxing during a long fall—especially as you near the ground—is easier said than done, but try anyway. If your muscles are tense, your body will transfer force more directly to your vital organs.

* Studies of long-fall survivors have shown that those who reported being relaxed suffered, on average, far less severe injuries than those who reported being panicked or tense. It has also been shown that people who jump intentionally and those who are intoxicated at the time of the fall have disproportionately higher survival rates than fall victims in general. While the reason for these higher survival rates is unclear, one likely explanation is that people who are drunk or who actually want to die may be more relaxed before and upon impact.

* One way to remain (relatively) calm is to focus on performing the steps and being aware of your body. Doing so gives you something else to think about besides impending death.

6. Land feet-first. No matter what height you fall from, you should always try to land on your feet. While landing feet-first concentrates the impact force on a small area, it also allows your feet and legs to absorb the worst of the impact. If you are in any other position, try to right yourself before you hit the ground (fortunately, attaining the feet-first position seems to be an instinctive reaction). Keep your feet and legs tightly together so that both your feet hit the ground at the same time.

7. Land on the balls of your feet! Point your toes slightly down before impact so that you will land on the balls of your feet. This will allow your lower body to more effectively absorb the impact.

8. Try to roll. It's in video games, and it works in real life, too. This can absorb the impact greatly by moving your body's force across the ground instead of straight into it. Tuck your arm under your leg and roll your head towards your chest as soon as you hit the ground. Make sure you do not roll after you've 'bounced' off the ground once you've landed.

9. Protect your head on the bounce. When you fall from a great height onto land, you will usually bounce. Some people who survive the initial impact (often with a feet-first landing) suffer a fatal injury on their second impact. Cover your head with your arms. One technique for doing so is to put your arms on the sides of your head with your elbows facing forward (and projecting in front of your face) and your fingers laced behind your head or neck. This covers a large portion of your head, but obviously not all of it. If you have time to get an indication of which way you’re bouncing (and hence which part of your head you’re likely to hit), you can quickly adjust your arms to cover that part of your head.

10. Control the orientation of your body on the bounce. As you would expect, mortality is highest when the initial point of impact is the head. Mortality declines (in this order) when the point of impact is ventral (the front of the body), dorsal (back of the body), lateral (side of the body), and feet-first.

* Assuming you succeed in taking the brunt of the initial impact feet-first, you should try to control your body upon initial impact and during the bounce so that you land on your side or back on the second impact. Ideally, you should twist your hips to one side or the other immediately upon initial impact.

* At much lower velocities (such as those experienced with a proper parachute-assisted landing), this motion will help you distribute the force first through your legs, then through your buttocks and shoulder. In reality, you will be going as much as five or six times faster than you would with a parachute and your control over your body’s motion will be severely limited. The key is to stay aware of your body and your surroundings and, even in midair on the bounce, try to get your body to land first on your legs or side.

11. Get medical help immediately. With all the adrenaline flowing in response to your flight, you may not even feel injured upon landing. Even if you are not visibly injured, you may have sustained fractures or internal injuries that must be treated immediately. No matter how you’re feeling, get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

Friday, January 16, 2009

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Where does this shit come from?

The more powerful is the second phrase but they originated at the same time. The word "shit" by the way is a very old word that was used in 13th century England. The verb to shit dates the Middle English period and the noun form is from the 16th century. The interjection is of quite recent vintage, not found until the 1920s.

�Up the creek�
Fail this test and you'll be swimming up the creek.

"Up shit creek without a paddle"

To be in a bad situation which is either slowly or rapidly getting worse with no evident way out. Should you be armed with a paddle, you still, typically, have a slow long recovery. The phrase is a gentrified version of a WWII saying "Up shit's creek without a paddle" which summons up a mental picture more graphic than the current refined one... Imagine being in a rowboat at the top of Niagara Falls and you lose an oar! His first parachute wouldn't open, then the emergency one failed - you might say he was up the creek without a paddle.

"Up shit creek"

To be in an undesirable place, or to be in trouble. A contraction of "Up shit creek without a paddle." It can be made to define even more extreme circumstances by adding the suffix "with the repo men on the shore waiting for the boat"

from the net.

How to Survive the next "Great Depression"

1. Pay down your debt. If you have an excellent FICO score, you may be able to apply for a home equity loan. In addition, if you have a mortgage with a variable rate of interest, you may be able to change it to a fixed rate through refinancing.

2. Put away at least 18 months’ worth of savings. Or at least estimate how much you will need to carry you over if you suddenly lost all your clients.

3.Take a second look at your household budget. Eliminate unnecessary expenses. You may also want to think about increasing your income by adding new product and services. If you have teens at home, perhaps they can apply for part-time work after school to help with the bills.

4. Learn a new skill. This can help you to improve or add new services and products. If this is not feasible utilize your existing skills by expanding into another niche.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

How to cook Breakfast with just a hotel coffee maker and iron


Make oatmeal in the coffee maker. Put two packets of instant oatmeal into the carafe. Add an individual packet of honey, an individual packet of fruit jam, and a pinch of salt. Put an herbal tea bag (e.g. orange flavored) into the filter basket. Pour 8-10 ounces of water into the coffee maker, turn on the machine, and the oatmeal will be ready in about 5 minutes.

2. Cook bacon with the iron. Cut bacon strips in half and place them between two foil sheets. Crimp the edges of the foil sheets together to prevent grease from spilling out. Iron the bacon, opening the packet carefully with a fork every few minutes to check to see if the bacon is done and to let out the steam. It'll take about 10 minutes to get slightly crisp bacon.

3. Use the iron as a hotplate for eggs. Prop the iron so that the ironing surface is horizontal. Make a little foil pan and grease it with bacon fat or butter. Crack one or two eggs into it and wait 7-10 minutes (until the eggs hold together) then flip them over to cook on the other side.

Prepare soft-boiled eggs in the coffee maker. Place the eggs carefully into the carafe and let the hot water drip over them. Then let the eggs sit in the water for a few minutes.

Watertight Emergency Kit

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Get Out Alive!

The Get-A-Way™ Driver is another creative design by Launce Barber and Tom Stokes which is designed to be an integral part of our I.D. Works™ tool system.

The tool itself is a screwdriver; flat and Phillips hex bit carrier with four standard hex bits, two flat and two Phillips; a specialty wrench; bottle opener; and LED flashlight with carry carabiner.

Launce and Tom have designed this multi-tool to be as compact and lightweight as possible. Handle length is only 3.75”, and weight is only 1.9 ounces.

It is the perfect small screwdriver. Not only can it be rotated like a conventional screwdriver, but the bit driver can be removed and placed in a hex relief in the handle, where it becomes an angle driver when more torque is needed. The four hex bits each have a spring-loaded ball to retain them in the handle securely, and also have a thin groove so that they can be easily pressed out of the handle and removed with a fingernail.

On the opposite end of the handle is a powerful LED flashlight with a press-on, press-off switch button.

The underside of the handle is a mirror-polished stainless steel frame with wrench reliefs for hex bits, 10 mm nuts and standard oxygen bottle valves. It also has a stainless steel bottle and jar opener attached.

A stainless steel carry carabiner allows the Get-A-Way Driver to be attached to belt loops, webbing, packs, or work equipment.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Lifesaver

The next time your up shit's creek pray you have one of these life saver tools with you.

Features 7 functions including compass, thermometer, whistle, LED flashlight, mirror, magnifying glass and storage compartment. Add the Life Saver to your survival kit. Carry it in your pocket, backpack or around your neck with the lanyard. This survival tool is perfect for hunting, fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping and climbing.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

From the Urban Dictionary: Up Shit's Creek In a Barbed Wire Canoe

In serious trouble. Typically Australian version of "up the creek without a paddle."

When I reached for my credit card and found it was gone, I understood I was up shit's creek in a barbed-wire canoe.