Opting Out
The house

Strategies for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency

I spoke at the 6th annual Canadian Survival Expo on the topic of “Strategies for Sustainable Self-Sufficiency”. To be fair,...

Useful Resources

This list supercedes the list from the ZSC Presentation One Yard Revolution – On YouTube, Facebook and the Chicago Suburbs....

I Do

This post originally appeared on my old blog “The Kill Chair”. I have edited it only to update the number...

Wiring up the inside of the panel.

Photovoltaic Water Heater: The Build

On the supply side there are two 330W panels connected in series using MC4 connectors, which are standard for the...

Photovoltaic Water Heater System

Photovoltaic Water Heater: Introduction

A recent project I undertook on the property was to split our household water heater to be powered both by...

Walking Barefoot

Barefoot

Recently, the satirical Facebook page Contrived Platitudes posted this image macro: ↓↓↓ This is Satire ↓↓↓ ↑↑↑ This is Satire...

Greenhouse, late April

Greenhouse: Part 2

It has been a while since I last wrote about the greenhouse. Since then there have been the usual ups...

DIY Scout Scope modification

DIY Scout Scope

Last year I bought a JW-20 take-down .22 rifle, a clone of the Browning SA-22. This one was heavily discounted...

Excavated hole for IBC heat battery

On Sloth

It may seem odd to start a story on the perils of sloth with the digging of a hole. Still,...

Butchering Roadkill Deer

Roadkill

The telephone rang just as we were sitting down to lunch. “Oh good, you’re there. Found a deer in the...

Wireless Network Extension with dd-wrt

With greenhouse construction moving from the structure and exterior into the interior and functionality, the need has come to extend...

Greenhouse

Greenhouse: Part 1

In my Spring 2016 entry, I briefly mentioned that a greenhouse was in the works. As of writing this, construction...

Ghillie Suit

Ghillie Suit

The ghillie suit is a type of three dimensional camouflage meant to blend into the environment, break up the visual...

Composting Leaves

Great Leaf Roundup, 2016

In my article on composting, I mentioned that last year I went around during yard waste collection week and carted...

ZSC Presentation Resources

Tamara and I recently put together a presentation on food production for Zombie Survival Camp during which we recommended the...

Buffering .. buffering

This article first appeared in the now defunct blog “The Kill Chair.” I might write it slightly differently now, but...

Rifle Wrap

Sundries

I’d like to take a moment to champion a few useful supplies that don’t get as much appreciation as they...

Leaf Mould in the Raised Beds

Composting

Of the many things with which you must concern yourself if growing your own food, soil nutrients and soil ecosystems...

The Revenant vs. The Martian

The Martian vs. The Revenant: Lessons for Existence

This article will discuss some specific plot points of the two films. If you haven’t seen one or t’other, you...

Water Collection System - Filling the Top

Water Collection System

In 2009, after replacing the decaying shingle roof with a standing seam metal roof, we began collecting rainwater off of...