Wednesday, December 5, 2012

EDC 2.0


I've been drooling over a Skinth for half a year now, and unfortunately it now looks like it'll be even longer until I can get one. Why so, you ask, no doubt. Well, I happened to stumble across one of Leatherman's sheaths for a price simply too low to pass by. I'm sorry Skinth, I didn't mean to, it just happened...

My upgraded EDC now centres around the Leatherman Premium Nylon Sheath I. In it I've placed my Leatherman Sidekick, my Streamlight Microstream, my MultiToolX Piranha*, an IKEA pencil wrapped in a length of duct tape, and three double driver bits (flat, square and Phillips). And with centres around, I do of course mean supplement my trusted Lone Wolf Swale. In addition, and as my only unfastened pocket carry, I have included a lighter. I've wrapped another length of duct tape around it, and secured the valve with a rubber band. The latter serves a purpose of its own -- if what you need is a rubber band, there are few other things that'll do.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Supply rotation and the Frankenstorm


As Halloween is right around the corner, the dying hurricane Sandy is set to transform into a mighty Frankenstorm. The forecasts predict widespread destruction along the US East Coast. Though in all likelihood we wont see the worst of it up here, we're still ringside to the ravages of what seems to have all the hallmarks of a mighty beast.

On Sunday, 28 October, the Canadian Red Cross released a statement in direct relation to the storm, encouraging "all Canadians to take some steps to ensure their safety. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.[1]"

As it happens, 1 November was my date for rotating water supplies, so that's been moved up to today. I'm also going to top off the gas tank of the car and park it in the garage tonight. Then we're ready to sit this one out. What makes me happy is that our efforts over the last six months have inspired some friends and family to take steps for themselves towards preparedness for a situation like this.

If you're closer to the path, take care, and remember the words of Louis Pasteur, fortune favours the prepared mind.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Exit tools for the car


A while ago I bought the CRKT ExiTool. It promised to be a relatively cheap, safe, and practical solution to the problem of cutting seatbelts and breaching car windows. However, once I installed it -- simply a matter of clipping in to the seatbelt -- the weakness of the design became apparent. It just wont stay on. And when it falls off it will invariably end up in that exact spot under your seat that's all but impossible to reach.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

DIY Space Heater


Daniel Strohl has developed this (relatively) cheap heat trap. It should be ideal for a smaller room like a garage or green house. It is constructed of empty pop/beer-cans painted black, vacuum parts, and a window-like frame. At present I have no use for this, but if we decide to set up a green house in the back yard I'll revisit this.

More on the project can be found [HERE].

Picture source.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

When dog meets skunk


In the interest of preparedness, I have done some research into how to deal with Disaster Puppy if he should have a close encounter with a skunk. There are tons of home remedies out there, but I have decided to go with this one for now. Hopefully I won't have occasion to test it out in practise, but if fate rules otherwise I will certainly report my findings.

Note that this concoction does not use tomato juice, as the tomato only masks, rather than removes the odour. This method has been approved by our vet.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Fukushima 50



On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake outside the coast of Japan triggered a diabolical chain reaction. The surrounding coastal regions were hit by a terrible tsunami, and in the aftermath it became clear that Japan now also had to deal with the greatest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. As all "non essential" workers were withdrawn from the Fukushima plant, fifty stayed behind to work on containing the damaged reactor. These men and women were joined by volunteers from across Japan. They all knew the dangers involved.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Automotive preparedness and being a decent human being


Last fall Mrs. 72 Hours and I had been to IKEA, and we were just pulling on to the highway. It was a Saturday afternoon, and the traffic was heavy but moving well. I was in the passenger seat, checking my phone as I hear what sounds like fireworks. As I look up I see a car swerving cross all four lanes about 80 - 100 meters in front of us. Traffic immediately slows down, but still keeps moving. As we reach the fat skid marks we see that there are two vehicles involved, one smaller hatchback and a minivan; both sitting by the left railing, both banged up good. No one else seems inclined to stop.