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by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Taken By Pirates - what can we learn?
Replies: 20
Views: 885

Re: Taken By Pirates - what can we learn?

But would you pay to free yourself like these people did? Damn, man. I don't know. I can't even dream of that much money right now, but I suppose that's why I'm not out cruising the world. Well, one of the reasons anyway. :P I honestly have to chew that over in my mind for a while. I don't have kid...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Taken By Pirates - what can we learn?
Replies: 20
Views: 885

Re: Taken By Pirates - what can we learn?

The obvious lesson is do not sail for pleasure in waters known to be filled with pirates unless you are in a every well armed vessel. Now once we get past this obvious point there are other points worth learning about in this article. Back OT... the attitude of many of the cruising sailors I know t...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Best ZPAW Engine Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 1896

Re: Best ZPAW Engine Discussion

Detroit Diesel 6-71N. There's a reason the old Jimmys are still used in a lot of boats (where legal :roll: ). Even if you run them out of fuel, they can get you a little further sucking their own oil out of the crankcase. They may require a bit of work to run again after that, but they will get you ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy y'all
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Howdy y'all

Howdy and welcome from California. :)
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Boston.
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Hi from Boston.

Hello and welcome from California. :D
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

more serrano peppers, because I adore them dry-salted for preservation Oooh. This sounds awesome. Recipe/how-to, please? yes! I want it too! All right y'all...I posted this and it was lost during The Week That Never Happened. So here it is again: Get some kosher salt/pickling salt, coarse, but not ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Help me identify this grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Help me identify this grain

throwback wrote:quadrotriticale. It's a Russian inwention.
They must have made it where they kept the nuclear wessels.
:lol: :mrgreen:

I've got a nearly-ripened head I'm deconstructing. Just have to get some pics.
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Help me identify this grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Help me identify this grain

It's not ready yet, but when it is, I'll do that. Thanks for all the info!
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Help me identify this grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: Help me identify this grain

ZMace, is it ripe when it's dry? Or all the green has faded? How do I tell? I was guessing not barley for the same reason, Ad'lan, but I just don't know enough to be sure. The vast majority of the barley I've personally seen has been on the other end of the fermentation process ( :P ), and the rest ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Help me identify this grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Help me identify this grain

More than a few of these have grown up in my garden this spring: http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/vv163/Real_Ale_Act/Garden%202011/2011-05-30155657.jpg http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/vv163/Real_Ale_Act/Garden%202011/IDthisgrain.jpg I overmulched with straw last fall, and I'm in the very low fo...
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

Thanks for the info, KYZ, that's kinda fascinating. :) I promised pics: http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/vv163/Real_Ale_Act/Garden%202011/2011-06-01201355.jpg Corn seedlings and a melon start http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/vv163/Real_Ale_Act/Garden%202011/2011-06-01201538-1.jpg This is the yuk...
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue May 31, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

So far, none of the beans have made it into the house; we've eaten them all in the garden. Such was the fate of my fall crop of sugar peas. I'm thinking it means that more need to be planted next time, to account for what retail store owners usually call "shrinkage". :lol: So, do you _do anything_ ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed May 25, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Garden hoe I made for myself
Replies: 24
Views: 1047

Re: Garden hoe I made for myself

I...


I...


I don't think I've ever lusted after a garden implement before. :oops: :lol:
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed May 25, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Public Health Preparedness
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Public Health Preparedness

Thanks for the links...I think I can use this to help my mom, who has exactly zero interest in zombies of any sort, but just happens to be a public health professional as well.
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue May 24, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

KYZHunters wrote:Have sold about 250 pounds of asparagus already!
Wow, KYZ! How big are your asparagus beds, and how long have they been in place?

And what kind of beans/peas are those in the last pic?
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri May 20, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

Katica, I have very hazy memories of that 'bent in half and rotting at the bend' thing being a plant disease, but I have exactly no further recall than that. I lost one tomato and one cucumber to same a week or so ago. It has been an interesting spring so far...we've had a couple of long cool-ish sp...
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How to make cups out of bottles - Glasscutting
Replies: 22
Views: 1789

Re: How to make cups out of bottles - Glasscutting

I've heard, but can't confirm, that putting a dime into the bottle, then swirling the bottle around so that the dime circles the bottom...for a while...will score the bottle such that when struck, the bottom will basically fall right off on the scoreline. Can anyone confirm if this works? A bottomle...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Zombie Squad hecklers?
Replies: 73
Views: 4506

Re: Zombie Squad hecklers?

Gyrfalcon wrote:
CryHavoc wrote: Last ChicagoLand meeting I was at, I left early to catch my brother and family for dinner.
This isn't a forum for zombies.

Well done... :lol:
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Zombie Squad Charity Projects
Topic: Donate to the Zombie Squad's Disaster Relief Fund for Japan
Replies: 420
Views: 60152

Re: Donate to the Zombie Squad's Disaster Relief Fund for Ja

Donated!

Thanks Kyle and ZS Board for setting this up. :)
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 37343

Re: J-Quake

I caught this picture coming over Twitter of the tsunami rolling through the East Bay Area at San Francisco earlier today: http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/3748/japan89quaketsunamireac.jpg Here's what that surge looked like in motion at the entrance to the Berkeley Marina: http://www.youtube.com/...
by Real_Ale_Act
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brainzzzz!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Brainzzzz!!!

Howdy and welcome from someplace cold in California. :)
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

Re: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

Be careful about having the sweet and hot peppers so close. Cross pollination can yield some results you might not want. I'm going heavy green beans, corn growing on my place, uncles, and dad's place. Cuke for a lot of pickles. Various peppers, onions, and tomatoes for my spaghetti sauce and canned...
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...
Replies: 90
Views: 4983

The 2011 Garden - it's not too early...

So I know I'm at a climatic advantage, but this winter has been a little weird for us too. We just finished a roughly 3-week warm patch. Warm weather is nice and all, but we only get rain in the winter, and we need what we weren't getting during those weeks. (This was apparently a side-effect of the...
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Help Me Identify a Critter, Please
Replies: 8
Views: 2320

Re: Help Me Identify a Critter, Please

That is weird. But I have to say, I've never seen a tomato hornworm that wasn't green. Also that one has several other significant differences: the biggest one is that it has no white stripes. That caterpillar actually looks exceptionally like a dried stick on some kinds of plant. I found this one p...

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