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by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Why You should Avoid flood Waters
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: Why You should Avoid flood Waters

Inland flooding after hurricanes is far more dangerous than the wind itself. Figures range upward from 60% of hurricane deaths are from inland freshwater flooding, and a quarter of those are from people inside vehicles. I was thinking earlier of sharing a photo I saw from my county sheriff's office,...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Atlantic tropics....
Replies: 77
Views: 1232

Re: Atlantic tropics....

Update #7 This is my last update for this storm, as I have now gone nearly 12 hours without rainfall. The creeks and rivers near me are overflowing but it's resulted in mostly small parks and parking lots being flooded. Most commercial areas are open, although schools are still closed as they're be...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Ammo can or Ammo Brick?
Replies: 29
Views: 317

Re: Ammo can or Ammo Brick?

The military is usually pretty on-point when it comes to making something as simple and reliable as possible (some might say more out of pecuniary concerns, than absolute functionality and reliability). If you are looking for an ammo hauler design that "just works", yet has some surprisingly thought...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Atlantic tropics....
Replies: 77
Views: 1232

Re: Atlantic tropics....

My area only received 1.7 inches of rain (according to an official weather station some ways away) since Friday afternoon, but we are now forecasted to receive a bulk of rain (about 5 more inches) in the next 24 hours. The houses at the low end of my neighborhood are just a few feet above a 100 year...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Dystopian recommendations?
Replies: 24
Views: 1613

Re: Dystopian recommendations?

While it is not a book, I'd like to add the movie Equilibrium . Just after finishing the classical dystopian trilogy of Fahrenheit 451 , A Brave New World , and 1984 , one of my high school English teachers had us watch Equilibrium , which is basically a modern action mashup of all three. If you loo...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Atlantic tropics....
Replies: 77
Views: 1232

Re: Atlantic tropics....

Update #4 Posting this morning. In my area there has been no rainfall but it's very overcast and winds are beginning to gust to about 20mph. This morning I already lost power for about 2 hours. While the power was out I spoke to some neighbors and then drove down the street to see that others still...
by JayceSlayn
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Atlantic tropics....
Replies: 77
Views: 1232

Re: Atlantic tropics....

I'm in inland NC (Triad area) and I guess I'll post a couple updates to this thread as well. I checked on all of my neighborhood yesterday, to see how they are doing, and hand out some preparation information/tips. It was mainly also as part of a CERT outreach kind of activity on my part. Maybe some...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Steam/Electric power plant
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Steam/Electric power plant

The cool thing with these engines is if you can build yourself a bigger flywheel the more efficient they get. There's a reason the old timers build flywheels the size of a house it keeps things moving and the engine is mostly there idling once the fly wheel is up to speed. If you got yourself a big...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Breachpen - High Temp Cutting/Welding
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Breachpen - High Temp Cutting/Welding

Apparently there is also a similar/identical product called Firepen: http://firepen.eu/ . It certainly lacks the power of a normal thermic lance, but it definitely succeeds in replacing all the other kit that a thermic lance would require. You couldn't cut down a row of steel bars with a single one,...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: 2 pages of printed survival data?
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: 2 pages of printed survival data?

Since they don't take up much room, maybe some general survival mindset "hints" would be something you could include. While they might come as second-nature to some people, others might benefit from some simple pointers. E.g: Step 1: Assess the situation. Once you're out of immediate danger and have...
by JayceSlayn
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Steam/Electric power plant
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Steam/Electric power plant

That is a pretty cool steam engine setup! It is probably more for fun than practical in charging batteries, but it is great to have an extra-steampunk option. :clap: Using an alternator to charge batteries is very convenient for a number of factors: it manages voltage regulation for lead acid batter...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Alcohol stove explosion.
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Alcohol stove explosion.

Denatured alcohol, mineral spirits, linseed oil (boiled or regular), Japan drier, lacquer thinner, paint thinner, white gas... Tomorrow the blend plant will be making my new paint stripper that works as fast as methyl chloride but does kill people! Yeah, if it's poisonous or flammable and found in ...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Ask ZS
Topic: What to do when spouse thinks your preps are overboard.
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: What to do when spouse thinks your preps are overboard.

[oodles of profound wisdom] Well said. All of it. https://emojipedia-us.s3.amazonaws.com/thumbs/160/emoji-one/104/thumbs-up-sign_1f44d.png I was thinking of writing something like this, but woodsghost beat me to it. Another +1 for that. She might have different priorities than you, but they are lik...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Downloadable 1.2GB thumbdrive survival/bug out file.
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Downloadable 1.2GB thumbdrive survival/bug out file.

Hopefully you'll add your personal files folder to this group. And use it on your thumbdrive. Just thought that I'd add this here, though it may go without saying as well: If your "personal files" include anything that an identity thief might find interesting, also make sure you encrypt them. Encry...
by JayceSlayn
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Downloadable 1.2GB thumbdrive survival/bug out file.
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Downloadable 1.2GB thumbdrive survival/bug out file.

Hopefully you'll add your personal files folder to this group. And use it on your thumbdrive. Just thought that I'd add this here, though it may go without saying as well: If your "personal files" include anything that an identity thief might find interesting, also make sure you encrypt them. Encry...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation
Replies: 27
Views: 856

Re: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation

I'd agree, that standard sanitation practices (even with less-than-stellar adequate handwashing rates) in the 1st world would make infection difficult. There are also some circumstances around the 1918 influenza pandemic that are different than today, notably that we aren't presently engaged in tre...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Wind-proof camp stove
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Wind-proof camp stove

I did a quick calculation: assuming that the chimney is 1 inch in diameter, and 8 inches tall (immersed in water), then the heat exchange area is ~25 square inches. This is compared to just the bottom of an 8 inch diameter pot, which is ~50 square inches. This is obviously pretty far off what their ...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation
Replies: 27
Views: 856

Re: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation

Skimmed the articles, but either didn't see a link to their methodology or it wasn't given. I'd think the infection rate would drop once outside of the initial breakout and information was forthcoming on what type of vector it was using to spread. SARS for instance, hand washing, masks, disinfectio...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation
Replies: 27
Views: 856

Re: Nearly a Billion Dead in Viral Weapon Simulation

Link to the BI article: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/pandemic-virus-simulation-johns-hopkins-shows-vulnerability-2018-7 And the Center for Health Security Clade X site: http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/events/2018_clade_x_exercise/index.html I think this is mainly a scenario tes...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Wind-proof camp stove
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Wind-proof camp stove

I've always been somewhat ambivalent about various additive manufacturing processes. Their main draw is that they can make any complexity of shape for basically the same capital and time cost per volume, with some caveats about finishing steps (e.g. removing support structures, tumbling, etc.). Thei...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Revisiting the "Big One"
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Revisiting the "Big One"

Log cabins are supposed to do well in Earthquakes. Cheaply built masonry structures OTOH are toast as we see all too often in the parts of the world that build them. Revisiting the mechanics of log cabin-like structures in earthquakes makes me feel somewhat more confident in their earthquake surviv...
by JayceSlayn
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Revisiting the "Big One"
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Revisiting the "Big One"

I guess the geology itself is partly to blame for why we tend to have so many people stacked up along fault lines... Humans have historically built up cities around water sources (lakes, rivers, oceans), for basic resources and economic reasons, and we still rely heavily on these resources, now ofte...
by JayceSlayn
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: How did Venezuela end up this way?
Replies: 191
Views: 12983

Re: How did Venezuela end up this way?

https://www.theorganicprepper.com/venezuelan-prepper/ Thanks for the story! It sounds like Jose had things pretty well squared to start, but ran into trouble when things started devolving slowly at first, and then wrestling with the decision of "when to leave". Bugging in is almost universally the ...
by JayceSlayn
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Survival of the Richest?
Replies: 23
Views: 1015

Re: Survival of the Richest?

Everyone is self-preservationist to some degree. Some people are ready to give it all up for the right cause, and others will fight tooth and nail to the bitter end, no matter the odds. If you have a lot of resources, you can look at it two ways: having a lot to give, or having a lot to lose. When y...

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