Prepping: Bike & Fix-It Shop Basics (Pt. 2)

Breaking:  A Wuhan Update Before we jump into the lighter stuff, two quick notes. First the daily numbers: Cases:  69,266   Deaths: 1,670 Cases are up almost 86% from a week ago; deaths are up 105.6% – more than doubling. Second is a follow-up to the research...

Prepping: Fix-It Shop Basics (Part I)

OK, suppose the worst happens:  the lights go out – the Internet has been attacked – but where you live, dedicated worker are getting the power on a couple of hours per day. You have been able to scrape-by – supplementing some wholly inadequate...

Prepping: Invest in “Give-Away” Comms?

Had an interesting reader note come in:  Basically asked if I could please do an article on communications (for the SHTF scenarios) that would be simple and no “diode this” and “Morse that…”  Yup, guilty as charged.  Why, if I got a...

Prepping: The $40 Plan for 2020

Since we’ve been writing about “UrbanSurvival” long before any of the “Johnny-come-lately’s” on the web (starting in ’98), our views on what’s “adequate prepping” have moderated a bit, over time. Here are the...

Prepping: For Christmas in East Texas

Life in the city is grand.  Everything convenient, all services close-at-hand.  Yet there’s something special about holidays in the woods… Let’s start with the food part.  Since there are only two of us this time around, we’re not doing a big...

Prepping: “What Can You Make or Do?”

An economic Depression is on the way.  We don’t like to think about it, because it’s much easier to listen of the ” siren song” of politicians.  It’s our great human “power of denial” that just won’t let us think...

Prepping for Winter Storms

We had our first good-sized storm come through Texas earlier this week and it brought to mind a laundry-list of winter storm items that we do as a matter of course. Life in the woods, and all that… If you’re new to home ownership (617-thousand homes were...

Prepping: But At Thingiverse?

No doubt, one of my favorite readers well scream at me about my twisted-up understanding of “digital assets” but for those paying attention, the discussion is worth having. There are, in Ure’s judgment, two distinct classes of “digital...

Prepping: Survival Weather Knowledge

You can’t live aboard a 40-foot sailboat, sailing everything from the NW tip of Vancouver Island to Mexico (except for the middle part of Oregon, due to trucking the boat from Seattle to Alameda…) without learning a few things about “the...

Prepping: The “Donner Party” Garden

I don’t reference the “Donner Party” lightly.  Because prepping and survival are the most serious topics a person can address; even more so than money or mating. As we laid it out on the Peoplenomics side earlier this year, the ideawas that I would...

Prepping: Antenna School 101 and 605

This being a holiday weekend, a young man’s heart turns to what?  Ham Radio Antennas, of course!!! Antennas 101:  Short Course In the event of an actual emergency, there are really only two antennas that work, provide reasonable gain and don’t require...

Prepping; Your “Crash Command Post”

POP Prep Quiz!!! Think you’re a prepper? Q:  OK, wiseass, what time is the moon highest tonight and what phase is it in? A:  If you had to look something up, you’re a freaking dilitante and not serious about real prepping.  Got to be into it or don’t...

Prepping: Red-Neck Engineering 101

People in the South, near as I’ve discovered, don’t know exactly where the term “red-neck” came from.  But, at least in this part of Texas, to be a “red-neck” is right up with being a coon-ass from Loozy-anna. It’s more honor...