Prepping: Storing “Obsolete Knowledge”

A tale about Obsolete Knowledge today – a very instructive tale, especially if you’re over 40 and particularly if you think about the En d of the World.. Since my friend of 65-years (‘the major‘) is down visiting, part of my preps for his visit...

Prepping: Project Big Ears

OK, serious preppers:  Time to pay attention because George’s Radio School is now in session. At this point, a number of ham radio operators will look at the antenna to the right and proclaim they know all about it and then skip on to the next article. In point...

Prepping: Music at the End of the World (Acoustical)

Assuming you have your “portable pirate radio to go” figured out, along with enough deep cycle batteries and charge controllers plus solar panels to preserve the fading memory of rock & roll as we described last time around, it’s time to move on...

Prepping: Music at the End of the World (Electronic)

Today we launch into a two-part discussion about how to keep ourselves entertained during those few hours at the End of the World when we’re not fighting-off teaming hordes of zombies, gang leaders, meth-heads, and oh yeah, government agencies which will appoint...

Twitter Just Killed “Free Speech”

Alex Jones has been banned for life from Twitter because they don’t like what he writes.  Problem is, they’re hiding behind a Terms of Service when in fact, they have just banned a questioning conservative who asks inconvenient  (OK, and sometimes dumb)...

Prepping: Winter Ham Radio Antenna Plans

In just a few short months, winter will be upon us.  With it, ham radio comes into its own.  Nightime propagation in winter can be spectacular on the lower ham bands; 40, 75/80, and 160-meters.  These correspond to the 7-7.3 Mhz, 3.5-4 MHz, and 1.8-2 MHz bands. During...

Prepping: Your “Speech Weapon”

I recently sat down for a few minutes with a young man – just going off to college for his medical profession specialty –  to coach him a bit on how to succeed in the world of higher ed.  Two things were the focus of our talk:  Speech and the...

Inventing in Your SLEEP?

Maybe not everyone, but most people can live an additional life if they put their minds to it:  One life in the waking-state and one in the dream Realms., I’ve told you about this before and how I am wading through the error-correction process with my next...

Major Website Change Announcement

The time had to come sooner or later.  We’re revising our publishing plans as our interests have evolved over time. First:  I am selling off the www.ruralpioneer.com website.  I will also sign over the Trademark with it.  It goes without saying that a younger...

Prepping: The Basic Radio (and Antenna) Inventory

One day this week, I’ll be sending one of my sons-in-law our trusty old Tecsun PL-660  shortwave receiver.  We’ve had it a good long while and its main use around here has been listening to CoastToCoast AM with George Noory out of WOAI in San Antonio late...

Conning the Flock: Useless News

Years back in my Major Market News Director’ing days, I saw lots of market research about what people wanted to know about when the news came on. Some of the thought-leaders at the time included the Associated Press and (Frank N.) Magid and Associates -both of...

Coping: Lazy Man’s Home Automation

When the idea of X.10 home automation came out, I was lukewarm to the idea of using computer technology to make living “lazy” – as in “turn the lights on for me” lazy. When I went through the X.10 commands list, there were obviously some...

EU Shoots Archduke Android in WWWeb

We think Google should kill all Android phones in Europe and tell the EU to piss off.  Details follow… If you are a shareholder in Google, how does it feel to have the Hoodlums of Brussel’s (the “sprouts” of socialism) declare themselves to be...